Become a friend of the Newcastle Library

May 6, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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Excited for the completion of the Newcastle Library at the end of the year? You may consider joining the group Friends of the Newcastle Library, which will raise funds and volunteer to support the new facility.

King County Library System officials will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. May 21 at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way in Bellevue, for those interested in joining the group. The meeting will be in the library’s meeting room.

“Library friends groups really play a vital and dynamic role, not just in King County or across the state, but across the country,” KCLS spokeswoman Julie Brand said. “It’s hard to imagine libraries functioning without them.”

Each Friends of the Library group is autonomous, raising funds for and spreading awareness of a given library in its own ways. Some groups hold book sales and attend street fairs and parades.

The library system has 37 Friends of the Library groups across the county, and together they raised nearly $400,000 in 2010, Brand said.

The Newcastle Library will be KCLS’ 47th library, and the Friends of the Newcastle Library will be the system’s 38th friends group. More than 100 people already expressed interest in joining Friends of the Newcastle Library, Brand said.

“That’s definitely a record response,” she said.


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