On the off-chance anyone from my neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn stops by this blog, please take a minute to read this.
I have been a member of the Greenpoint Friends for a few years now, and it has been a very enriching experience. Most people who have chosen to call Greenpoint home love it for reasons that can be difficult to define, and I am one of those people. Volunteering with the Friends is not something I do simply to add a library experience to my resume. (In fact, I began my involvement with them before I even knew I wanted to be a librarian – and my time with them is a large part of why I decided to go to Library School!)
Here’s why: once you spend time and effort in the community, you become a bigger part of the community, and you see it in ways you didn’t before. You can only grow to love your neighborhood more through working to make it better. I have met incredible, generous and smart people through this organization who have become personal friends. (We affectionately refer to ourselves as “lower case friends” in the context of our social interactions outside of the Friends group.) We want to grow and make a bigger impact in our community, so we’re really pushing to have new people come check out our next meeting (or any meeting!) and become involved. We typically meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Greenpoint Branch of BPL at 7:00 PM.
Who are the Friends of the Greenpoint Library?
We are a volunteer run, library advocacy group, and are active in the neighborhood. Our central goals are to:
- Raise their community’s awareness and enthusiasm about the local library
- Promote the local library’s resources and programs in the neighborhood
- Keep local officials aware of the library’s importance to the communities they represent
- Raise funds to enhance neighborhood library service.
Friends do everything from letter writing and making legislative visits to sponsoring library events; from planting gardens to organizing bake, craft and toy sales to musical performances for both children and adults. Just a little of your time can make a big difference for our community!
How can you get involved?
- Become “friends” with the Greenpoint Friends on Facebook so you can hear about upcoming meetings, library events and ways to help out.
- RSVP to our next meeting on November 2nd here.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org (or ME!) for more information.
By the way, if you don’t live in Greenpoint, but Greenpoint Friends sounds like something you wish you could be a part of, please check in with your local public library branch and ask if they have a Friends group you could become involved with. If they don’t, why don’t you ask about how you could start one? ALTAFF has a website with a lot of useful information for people interested in starting Friends groups. Public libraries need love right now more than ever, and they are crucially important to our communities.