By Max Erikson

FOL seeks new board members


January 10, 2018


FOL IS FUN FOR ALL: Friends of the Library coordinates several library events, including some for very young readers.

The Friends of the Goldendale Library (Friends), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that organizes fundraising events for the library, is replacing two board members in 2018, including the vice president and secretary positions.

The vice president position has been filled but the secretary position is still open, and the Friends hope to draw from their existing members or hope new members would be excited to take over the position. Both positons are on a volunteer basis.

Friends are volunteers who support the library and its programs. It is part of the parent organization of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The volunteers help organize three book sales a year that generates money for the library, and they also organize the ice cream social event held on the library front lawn during the summer. They hope to have stronger involvement with its current members in 2018 and to also recruit more volunteers interested in helping out.

Membership to Friends is open to everybody, and members will receive a bi-monthly newsletter, will have first choice to purchase books at the sales, and have an opportunity to volunteer at the many functions and activities sponsored by the group.

Friends currently has over 300 member volunteers who not only assist in fundraising events but also act as ambassadors for the library to bring community awareness and advocacy for the library. The purpose of the Friends, according to their bylaws, is to "maintain an association of persons interested in the public library and its active expansion and participation in community life".

"The things they do are a big part of connecting the library to the public," Library Manager Erin Krake says. "They sponsor programs, bring in guest speakers, purchase refreshments for our activities, and really help enhance and promote our services to the community."

The Friends recently donated two new magnetic chess boards to the library to help with the new informal chess club that has been meeting every Monday at 3 p.m. The chess club took a break for the holidays and will be starting back up Jan. 22.

To help generate more enthusiasm for the chess club, Maryhill Museum will feature an educational display of chess sets at the library starting this month and has offered to host a chess tournament sometime in 2018 if there is enough interest.

The next book sale event is scheduled for March 24. Donations for books from the public is strongly requested by the Friends as they have just over half their goal of the number of books needed for the sale.

Members who attend monthly board meetings help to make decisions and give ideas on how to facilitate different events. Friends meet on the second Monday of alternate months at 12:30 p.m. in the Camplan Room at the library. The next general meeting will be March. 12.

Annual membership dues are $5 for individuals and $10 for families. Students and seniors are $3 and a lifetime membership is available for $100. All proceeds from membership dues help support the library.

You can access a membership form on the website at or pick up a form at the library.

With the completion of the new stairs at the front entrance of the library, plans are being made to continue its renovation projects starting in the spring. The entire interior of the building will be upgraded including new light fixtures, new paint for the walls, and new furniture and desks.

The renovation will include adding study rooms and a new teen area, and upgrading all the work stations and offices of employees. The renovations are being funded by the Wilma Olsen Fund, by a bequest from Shirley Ann Iams and by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) capital reserve.


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