Friends of Maleny Library (FOML) have been an integral part of the Maleny Library since it opened in 1998. This group of enthusiastic supporters promotes the library service, advocates on its behalf and works to strengthen the library’s links with the local community.

Very much hands-on, FOML’s help with catering, running children’s activities, coordinating projects and social events as well as involvement in more specialised areas of technology and public relations.

FOML group recently made their first draw down of $645 from Maleny Supa IGA’s Community Benefits Club (CBC.)Treasurer Jill Cutting says the money will be put to great use.

“Funds from the CBC will allow the Friends to continue to support Maleny Library events such as Kids’ Night In, The Annual Gary Crew Readers’ Cup held through local schools and the Writers Workshops run as part of the annual Celebration of Books.”

In the past the Friends have funded the purchase of shelving with wheels so the books can be moved aside to create space for activities as needed,a comfy red couch and some plastic furniture for the children’s corner and the lovely crafted wooden lectern and table. Friends’ funding also bought the bookshelf in the Library foyer that displays books for sale which provides another source of income.

Jill would love to welcome more friends to the group.  “We have a need at the moment for people who are technologically minded” she said. “Mostly we’re looking for people with skills, energy and desire to support and grow this wonderful community facility.”

Library Coordinator Sue McCleary is full of praise for the FOMLs.  “The group helps us in so many ways – at special events, running book sales and advocating for the continued growth of the library.”

High on the ‘wish list’ for the library is more wheels for the shelving.   Sue remarked “If we could put wheels on all the shelves it would give us so much more flexibility. They cost around $1200 a set, but allow us to easily move the books aside to create space for special events.”

Both Sue and Jill expressed their gratitude to Rob and Samantha Outridge, owners of Maleny Supa IGA and all the shoppers who quote the Friends of Maleny Library number 37099 when they shop.

FOML meets at 9am on the first Thursday of each month at the Library and is always looking for new members to bring ideas and energy to the group. Meetings go for about 1½ hours followed by a cuppa.The next book sale is 18 May 9-12 at the Maleny Library.

For further information on becoming involved contact Jill Cutting at friendsofmalenylibrary@gmail.com

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