By STACY MILLBERG - For the Star Beacon
February is Friends of the Library month and the Andover Public Library is getting ready for an exciting month with plenty of activities to celebrate.
“We have a lot of exciting things going on,” said Susan Hill, library director.
The Friends of the Andover Public Library was officially incorporated in 1987. The group provides continuous help, fund raising support, and program planning to benefit the Andover community, PV Schools, and surrounding area.
Last year, the group purchased numerous items including E-Books in the Ohio E-Book Collection. The Friends donated $2,000 towards large print books and juvenile books, $340 for chairs for the computer rooms and $400 toward the cost of the electric handicap doors (the balance was raised with a grant from the Ashtabula Foundation). The Friends also donated the 2013 calendars for patrons, $500 for office supplies, book racks for DVDs and Safety Town t-shirts and supplies.
The Friends also support of the majority of the library's programming including summer reading prizes, "Own the Night" party and prizes at the Pymatuning Valley Middle School, expenses for the Jr. Picasso Art Show in April, prizes for the Scarecrow Contest and refreshments, gifts and door prizes for the Santa open house. The Friends also purchased new chairs and two new tables for the juvenile game room, Hill said.
“The Library Friends also contribute their time helping with our programs and planning” she said.
There is plenty going on around the library this month with something that will appeal to all age groups.
Winter story times are in full swing and run through Feb. 20. Children ages one and two can come to the library Mondays from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages three, four and five can come in Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. as well as Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Parents should call the library to register their children for story times, Hill said.
Also as part of the library’s celebration of Friend’s month, the group is sponsoring a rather exciting fundraiser.
"We have a Kindle Fire to give away," Hill said.
Tickets are available for $1 each at the library circulation desk. The drawing will be held April 19, she said.
The library is also conducting a program to help senior citizens complete their income tax returns. The library is accepting appointments for AARP Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors. Volunteers will be at the library every Thursday beginning Feb. 7 through April 11. Anyone interested in attending can call the library for an appointment at 440-293-6792.
The Friends of Andover Public Library will also have a drawing for a free wizard and magic kit to be given away Jan. 31. Library patrons are invited to place their name and phone number on a slip for the drawing, Hill said.
The Friends of the Andover Public Library are always looking for new members. The group holds regular meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. February’s meeting will be held Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at the library; however attending the meetings is not required to be a part of the group.
Annual dues for individual membership is $3 and family dues is $5. A sponsor or business fee is $25. Members can also become a life member for $100. All other donations are accepted as well.
Anyone interested in becoming a member can download a registration from the library’s Web site or pick one up at the circulation desk.