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

— The board previewed a new book sale sign for next year’s sale, which will be the library’s 40th sale. The board also agreed to open the library barn for a book sale during the 2013 Cazenovia Christmas Walk, which will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. The board agreed to open the barn instead of only bringing a few books into the library to sell as a way to generate more sales.

“I love this idea,” said library Director Betsy Kennedy.

The Friends’ 2013 membership drive saw a 9 percent response from the 3,600 letters sent out to the Cazenovia community, for both memberships and donations, which is “not bad,” said the board’s membership committee Chair Cindy Sutton. “We’ve been doing a little better every year … people have been very generous,” she said.

Kennedy said the library has three major projects for 2014 that she would like to ask for assistance on from the Friends: expanding the early childhood literacy efforts in Madison County through the newly announced county partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, improving and expanding the new online database that offers Cazenovia newspapers from 1805 to the present and repainting the library’s 1996 building expansion section, the latter project of which will be the library’s “centerpiece project” for the year.

The new Imagination Library program is a partnership through the Dolly Parton organization and the Madison County Literacy Coalition to expand early childhood literacy efforts to provide free, high-quality books to children across Madison County. The Imagination Library is a national program that provides one free, high-quality, age-appropriate book per month from birth to age 5 to children in participating communities.

The major donor that got this partnership off the ground in Madison County was from a Cazenovia family, according to the literacy coalition. Kennedy said the Cazenovia Public Library is having a kickoff event for the new program on Nov. 23 and is dedicated to raising awareness or and participation in the program throughout Madison County. She asked the board if the Friends would donate $1,000 to the program, which the board unanimously voted to do.

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