Founded by 15 members in 1979, the Friends of the Edmonds Library now has nearly 200 members and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 21.
“We want to recognize four decades of amazing work by Friends volunteers, and also hear from our community members about what the library means to them,” said Friends President Luke Distelhorst.
The celebration will be at Brigid’s Bottleshop from 6-8 p.m., is family friendly, and will include door prizes and light refreshments, Distelhorst noted.
Edmonds Library Manager Richard Suico appreciates the support the group provides.
“The Friends have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars which has gone back into the community to support children’s programming, facilities enhancements, summer reading programs and to support local partnerships with the Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds School District, and Edmonds Chamber of Commerce to name a few. The library loves our Friends!”
Even with 40 years in the rearview mirror, there is no sign of slowing down.
Incoming Friends President Liz Morris is looking forward to continuing the group’s core goals.
“Libraries reflect their communities and the Edmonds Friends will continue to elevate perspectives of Edmonds community members as we support essential, inclusive library programs and services,” she said.