The purpose of the Friends of the Bixby Library is to raise funds in support of the Library and to provide monies for special programs, services and activities. The Friends are members of the community who volunteer to help out with special projects and ongoing programs that serve the Library mission of spreading learning and education. We encourage interest in the Bixby Library and promote its services. The fundraising and volunteer activities of the Friends help provide “extras” for the Library above and beyond what is covered under regular operating costs. For example, the Friends raise money for Library projects and programs, such as Third Thursday, and Bixby Buddies through the annual plant sale and other fundraising activities. The Friends group has raised money to help refurbish the Community Room with new paint, wiring, carpeting, etc. This room had not had any changes for many years, so it was time for needed repairs, maintenance and freshening. We have doe the same with the Children’s Room.
The Board of Trustees establishes the Library’s mission and is responsible for all phases of the Library’s operation, including the operating budget, endowment fund, and the care and maintenance of the building, grounds, and all the other assets. The Friends are caring, organized volunteers who support the Board by raising funds and working with Library staff to provide special programs that make our Library unique. Most Board members are Friends, and Friends sometimes become Board members when openings occur.
The Friends were organized in 2002, and in a short period of time the following gifts have been made possible through the fund raising efforts and generosity of the Friends:
Anyone can join the Friends of the Bixby for a nominal payment of dues. As a Friend you willl have the opportunity to work on Library events and programs. Most importantly, you will get to know others in the community who share your interest and concern in promoting lifelong learning through Bixby. If interested use the email form on this Web site or give a call to the Library.