The Friends of the Wauconda Area Library has been of service to the library since 1958 as a non-for-profit membership organization of caring community members who give gifts of time, energy, ideas and financial support to the library and its services.
The Friends of the Library have played an important role in the library's history. In a letter to all its members in 1965, the purposes of the organization were listed:
- To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries;
- To focus public attention on the Library
- To stimulate the use of the Library's resources and services;
- To receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the Library.
- To support and cooperate with the Library in developing its services and facilities for the community.
In September, 2012, the Friends of the Library donated $21,509 to the library for the purchase of a Transit Connect van from Victor Ford. The van was purchased that month. A full-vehicle graphics wrap was designed and installed in November, at which point the van was ready for service.
On September 24, 2013, the library switched on its new full-color digital LED sign located near the driveway entrance on Main Street, funded entirely by the Friends of the Library. “What our Friends have done is nothing less than monumental,” library Director Tom Kern said. “This new high-tech sign offers the library a very effective means of informing anyone who drives past about library events and services that they might otherwise not have known about. At the same time, it sends the message that this library is up to date with the latest technology — an important message for public libraries to be sending in this new age of easy-access digital resources for information and entertainment. We are very grateful to the Friends of the Library. Without their funding, the library would not have been able to purchase this sign.” He noted that the sign will also be used to promote Friends events and book sales throughout the year.
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