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10-16-12 Friends of the Library

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10-16-12 Friends of the Library
October 21 – 27 is nationally recognized as Friends of Libraries Week; and Whereas: There are fourteen Friends of Libraries organizations in Lee County; and Whereas: The Friends work to ensure that their libraries, as the cornerstone of their communities, have the resources they need to provide a wide variety of services to all ages including access to print and electronic materials, along with assistance in research, advisory, and children’s services; and Whereas: The Friends raise money for their libraries in order to provide the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment, support for children’s summer reading programs, required computer access for many state programs, and special events throughout the year; and Whereas: The Friends last year raised over $125,000 to help their libraries be all they can be for their patrons and community; and Whereas: The thousands of hours of volunteerism and commitment of the Friends to their libraries sets an example for the betterment of our communities in this economic climate. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of October 21 – 27, 2012 as: FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WEEK in Lee County and urges all of its residents to recognize the importance by making a commitment to their library for the good of the entire community.