Gail Roots, Christine Eastment and Rita Bullen are part of the Friends of the Grafton Library.
Gail Roots, Christine Eastment and Rita Bullen are part of the Friends of the Grafton Library. Caitlan Charles

Lovers of literacy and community unite for the library

LOVERS of reading, the library and their community have come together to form the Friends of the Grafton Library, launching officially on Friday night.

The groups Public Officer Erika Whitty said Friends of the Grafton Library, or FoGL, is a group of volunteers that assist and advocate for the library.

"We have some ideas but we need more members to get those sort of things to get up and running," she said.

"We hoping to increase literacy, one of the ideas that we have is for every new baby born in the valley to present them with a book for example, as an introduction to the library, to literacy, to the love of reading."

On Friday night, FoGL officially launched with a few hitches along the way.

"Our launch was a soft launch, we have a patron who is Janelle Saffin who is largely responsible for securing the funding, the federal funding for this building, unfortunately Janelle was held up and wasn't able to be here," Ms Whitty said.

"But we increased our membership by three fold, so in that respect I think it was a success."

Another member of FoGL, Gail Roots, said the library would inform them of events oe projects they needed help funding.

"So hopefully we'll be able to run some events to raise funds, there will be raffles, car boot markets... movies once a month, yeah different activities to raise funds for the library," she said.

If you are looking to show your support for the Grafton Library, there are a few ways you can sign up.

"There is a box in the library near the computer booking station where people can submit membership forms," Ms Whitty said.

Or you can reach out to the group at friendsofgraftonlibrary@gmail.com

Their next meeting will be on September 20 at the library, with the time to be confirmed.



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