Mansfield Opinion

Recognizing the Friends of the Library

Oct. 19-25 is the ninth annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, making it a good time to recognize the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library. This group volunteers their time and expertise to actively support the library and its mission through fund raising, promotion and advocacy. The Friends operate a year-round used book sale in the foyer of the library that helps raise funds for items that are not covered in the library’s budget.

They have donated thousands of dollars to cover the costs of children’s and adult programming and equipment. For example, when the present library was built in 2001, the Friends group gave $25,000 to furnish the children’s area. The Friends sponsor “Books for Babies” and the summer reading program. May 2 of this year marked the 11th event. Another accomplishment of this group was achieving a National Literary Landmark designation for the library, which brought First Lady Laura Bush to Mansfield for its dedication.

Being an active member of this group is fun and rewarding and there are many ways to help support the library — organizing and shelving materials for the ongoing book sale, helping with Mansfield Reads!, maintaining the website, producing the newsletter — are just some of them. Check out our website at We meet on the second Tuesday of the month (not in July, August or December) at 6 p.m. in the library’s community room. These meetings are a great way to get to know our group and to find out more about how you can help support your library. Mark your calendar now to attend Nov. 11. We look forward to seeing you!

Carol Ann Grantham

President of Friends of the Mansfield Public Library