Who are the Friends of the Carrollton Library? The Friends of the Carrollton Library are people in the community just like you who work together to nourish the Carrollton community through their support of the local branch library.
Our History The Carrollton Woman's Club selected as one of their goals in 1980 the establishment of a Library in the Carrollton community. Through their efforts and the generosity of Senator Elmon Gray and Mr. Horace Gray, the original library building in Carisbrooke was contracted to the county of Isle of Wight, rent free for 15 years in 1983. On January 8, 1984 it opened it's doors as the Carrollton branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. It was staffed by the volunteers from the Carrollton Woman's Club and other interested citizens during its first six months of operation. Currently the library has a paid staff but continues to use volunteers.
Our Purpose The Friends are a non-profit organization devoted to supporting the Carrollton Branch of the Blackwater Regional Library. The Friends purpose is to foster closer relations between the library and the citizens of Carrollton, Virginia and to lead in the development and improvement of library resources and services.
Our Role in Library Advocacy Friends groups can make the difference between a budget increase and a budget cut for their libraries. As much money as Friends raise through book sales and other activities, a 1% increase in your library’s budget can add up to tens of thousands of dollars or more depending on the size of your library’s budget. Not only that, but many libraries across the country owe their new additions or new buildings to an effective advocacy campaign waged by the Friends to ensure community support. You can make a long lasting and significant difference for your library through advocacy.(Source: http://www.ala.org/united/advocacy)
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