Freeport Insider was contacted by members of the non-profit “Friends of Freeport Public Library” to try to help raise some awareness for their new initiative.
I know there may be some confusion as to why a non-profit is involved. Well, let’s see if we can clear that up a little. According to Chase Barfield, President of the Friends of Freeport Public Library, the building and land are owned by the City of Freeport and The County funds the operational aspects such as the staff and utilities of the library.
Similar to our post last week about the growth of Freeport resulting in new schools and school expansion, that same growth has left the Freeport Library at less than 50% of the recommended size for our current population.
According to Chase the County will likely provide some assistance but The Friends of Freeport Public Library are not going to count on it, or wait for it! Currently, there are multiple fundraisers associated with the Library, the biggest being the “Circle of 100”
“Friends of the Freeport Public Library is seeking the first 100 individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute $1,000 and kick-off efforts to generate funds for the Library’s new facility, services and literacy programs for children and adults.
Circle of 100 donors will be recognized in Friends of the Freeport Public Library promotions and permanently acknowledged in the newly constructed facility that will be presented to the Freeport community.”
If you haven’t been by to visit the library recently I encourage you to make a point to stop by. meet the staff and take a look at everything they are offering our community. Library’s today are much more than they were when I was a kid.
To stay up to date on everything happening at the library please follow them on Facebook at Friends of Freeport Public Library. For more information on donating towards the Circle of 100 please contact Chase Barfield at 850.678.9191