, Kingston, NH

May 8, 2014

Friends Meet Friends

Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD - If you haven’t signed up for the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library potluck supper you don’t have much time left to do it. The annual event will take place on Tues., May 13th, starting at 5:30 p.m.

There is a sign up list on the front desk of the library where you can let the Friends know if you’ll be bringing a salad, a main dish or a dessert. This is a great time to meet members of the Friends and learn more about the organization and what they do to support the library and enrich the community. You don’t have to already belong to the Friends to come to the potluck. As with all Friends events, it is open to anyone who wants to attend.

Becoming a member of the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library is painless. The dues are only $5.00 a year per person, unless you elect for a higher level of membership. You are not committing to doing anything more than paying your dues unless you choose to become active. If you love the library and want to help support it beyond what the town budget supplies, join the Friends and help them offer the extras that make our small library one of the best in the state. If you’d like to do more than just pay your dues, the Friends have many activities that you can participate in.

Joining the Friends and attending events or helping out at them is a great way to meet others who share your interest in the library. The monthly programs that are presented from September through April are only one of the many things the Friends do for the community. They are all free and open to the public from the area. The very visible biennial Auction is a major fund raising activity that involves many, many people. The Hollyhock Thrift Shop is a continuing source of funds that also needs the involvement of volunteers to staff it.

Raffles such as the current one for the autographed photo collage of Boston Bruins star Milan Lucic are yet another way of raising funds to support the library. The winner of this outstanding raffle item will be drawn at the potluck supper on May 13th. You don’t need to be present to win, but it’s much more exciting if you’re there to accept your prize.

The Friends have an opening for an organizer who loves to work with people to chair the Auction in 2015. The Auction has become a major social event for the town and the Friends want this tradition to continue but we need a charismatic chair to make it happen in 2015. If you think you’d like to tackle this big job, leave your name and phone number at the front desk of the library and a Friends’ officer will get back to you.

A membership in the Friends of the HPL is one of the greatest bargains in town. You can do something nice for yourself and your family at the same time you’re doing something nice for your library.