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Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library have solid 2013, look forward to 2014

— The Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library had a good year in 2013 with solid book sales and consistent numbers in membership and donations; they helped the library undertake major new projects in online newspaper access and a new literacy program that will reach across the county, and will continue their support with a $10,000 donation for 2014.

“I think we had a great year,” said FOL President Terri Feigleman at the Friends’ annual meeting on Nov. 6.

The Friends of the Library is composed of local residents, families and businesses dedicated to enhancing library resources and fostering community interest and involvement in the library. The Friends raise money for programs and services that fall outside of the library’s set annual budget, such as special programming, building improvements and other projects. These recently included renovations to the Library’s Book Barn, purchase of desktop and laptop computers, free lecture series, sound system enhancements, children’s programs and additions to the library’s collections.

Nearly 600 area residents are members of the Friends, and their annual dues provide part of the financial support available to the Library. In addition to the dues, the Friends conduct a July book sale each year.

In 2013, the Friends helped fund a new carpet for the library community room, the renovation to the restroom near the mummy exhibit, the purchase of two new public computers and subscriptions to library resources such as the BookPage newspaper and ProQuest online geneology program. They also helped financed public programs including the summer reading program, the movie in the park, the new “Fashion Takes Flight” museum exhibit and “The Wyeths: A Family Legacy” art exhibit and lecture.

The Friends’ annual book sale this past July made more than $11,000, sold thousands of books and donated hundreds of boxes of books to local charities and charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, St. Lucy’s, Caz Cares and the Methodist church.

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