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Harrison Library Celebrates Friends Week

HARRISON, N.Y. - The Harrison Public Library is always looking for new Friends.

"Your library needs you," Harrison Library Director Galina Chernykh said in a statement. "In these days of budget cuts, the need is greater than ever for members of the community to step up and help us."

Sunday marks the beginning of the sixth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, offering Friends groups to promote their community outreach programs and raise awareness from Oct. 16 to 22. The celebrations also allow library staff and Board of Trustee members to recognize Friends groups and support local libraries.

The celebration was coordinated by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 5,000 Friends of the Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters.

"I'm convinced that the libraries are so much richer for the enthusiasm and expertise that the Friends bring to the Library," ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed said in a statement. "I hope that libraries across the country will use this week to honor their best supporters – the Friends of their Library – and use this opportunity to promote and expand their membership in this valuable organization."

Friends groups, library Trustees, and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the ALTAFF website include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations, and more.

To find out more or join the Friends, residents can stop by Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Harrison Public Library at 2 Bruce Ave. Residents can also contact Library Director Galina Chernykh by phone 914-835-4316 or e-mail gchernykh@wlsmail.org .

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