EAST CHICAGO | Founded in 1977, the Friends of the East Chicago Public Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the use and enjoyment of the library, enriching the library’s resources, and supporting continued library development and expansion.
A division of the American Library Association, Friends of the Library was developed in 1975 as a project to bring together groups, organizations and individuals to build a community that visibly supports the library.
Friends come from all walks of life and every friend makes a difference," said Cheryl Smith of the East Chicago Public Library. "We are looking for people like you who enjoy using the library and who would like to play an active role in its continued growth and development.
"As a dedicated volunteer, you will advocate on behalf of your library, develop fundraising opportunities with proceeds used in helping to pay for programs and materials not included in the library’s budget; sponsor programs and special events and hold used book sales, as well as other activities."
The Friends have underwritten numerous public performances, including storytellers and puppeteers, purchased equipment such as a piano and computers and supported historical research.
"We ask members to donate their time at any level their schedule allows," Smith added. Regular attendance at meetings and participation in fundraising activities is encouraged.
To become a Friend, contact the East Chicago Public Library at (219) 397-2453, ext.11, Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 p.m.