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Library gets by with help of Friends
New name, but mission is same
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The name may have changed, but the support from these book lovers remains the same.

The Forsyth County Public Library Friends of the Library is now called the Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates, a name change made necessary by the state.

Nancy Yanasak, the nonprofit’s vice president, said the group continues to seek the public’s help in raising funds for the local library system.

“By [the community] supporting us, the library is then able to offer a much more enriching experience than just books to check out,” Yanasak said.

Such efforts have become important as the county grapples with budget and funding issues.

At the same time, the library system has seen an increase in visitors, particularly job-seekers who come in to use the computers.

The system’s third branch, Hampton Park in north Forsyth, is scheduled to open later this month or early March.

Mary Helen McGruder, chairwoman of the Forsyth County Public Library Board, said the Friends and Advocates provides much-needed support and resources.

“In the past, they have provided extras that were not a part of the budget,” she said. “But I think, given the current economic situation, they will play an even more important role as they will help fund critical programs such as the summer reading program for children.”

Yanasak said there are several ways to support the organization, including membership, donating books and media and buying materials at the library system’s book sale.

The sale is scheduled for March 27 and 28 at the Cumming branch on Dahlonega Road.

A pre-sale is scheduled March 26 for members of the Friends and Advocates. Those who volunteer to work during the sale will earn one free book per hour.

She said donations, such as books, computer software, DVDs or VHS tapes, may be brought at any time to the circulation desk at any of the library’s branches.

Membership fees are $10 for individuals and $15 for families.

The group sponsors a variety of events and supplies throughout the year, including books for the Forsyth Reads Together adult book club program.

This year’s book is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

The Friends and Advocates paid the license fee to show the film version of the book. The viewing is scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Cumming branch.

A discussion of the novel will be held Feb. 22 at the Sharon Forks branch on Old Atlanta Road. Readers can preview the stage play based on the book Feb. 25 at the Cumming branch.

The group also pays the entrance fee for the library’s team in the annual Spell Check Live! Adult Spelling Bee, which benefits the Forsyth’s Certified Literate Community Program.