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Giving back to your local library

Programs on tap to raise funds for Joshua Hyde

January 25, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Have you ever wondered how several local libraries manage to constantly offer educational programs, fun events, and informational classes, even during the most challenging economic times?

The answer lies with countless dedicated library supporters, whose membership fees and donations allow exciting events to continually take place at a library near you.

For everyone who has ever brought a child to a library event, enjoyed a program, or taken part in a library class, the time has arrived to return the favor, as the Joshua Hyde Public Library will hold its Membership Drive and Book Sale event on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library, the membership drive will take place on the main floor, while the annual winter book sale will occur in the basement.

"The Friends committee decided to host this event to increase awareness of the functions the library provides," said Leslie Wong, the vice president of the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library, a non-profit group of individuals who engage in volunteer projects for the library and help prepare for events and programs.

The membership drive, called "Love your Library," will provide residents with a chance to assist in the financial support of the library's programs and events by becoming a member. Throughout this winter the library has hosted several entertaining events that were all made possible by contributions from library supporters, including Frosty's Birthday Party, a children's magic act performed by Greg McAdams this past Saturday, Jan. 22. The library also hosted a First Crown Decoration event on Dec. 30 and a candy estimation contest on Dec. 22. In addition, to help celebrate the winter solstice, Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, visited the library on Dec. 21 to participate in a "Welcome Winter" storytelling session for kids.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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