Giving to Lane library is in the bag

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By Terrill Covey

Hampton Union, September 5, 2003

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Library Friends promoting their bookbags for sale
Friends of the library president Dot Gooby, front, with board members, from left, Mary Lou Heran,
Rhoda Garfinkel, Linda Sadlock and Linda Libbey, holds one of the tote bags that are available for
purchase at the library. -Photo by Sarah Zenewicz, the Hampton Union

HAMPTON - The Friends of the Lane Memorial Library are back in action, and they are working hard to raise money for the library.

According to public relations Chairmwoman Mary Lou Heran, the group has been reorganized for about six months and is beginning a fund-raiser for which it is selling book bags with Lane Memorial Library symbols on them.

"The Friends of the Library is an organization that supports the library by raising funds above and beyond a budget," Heran said. "And we also assist in programming. There are about 60 people in the group now, and we are always open to anybody who wants to come join."

The book bags are on sale at the library for $6 each, or two for $10, and in addition to the library’s symbol, there is also a clip that could conveniently hold a library card.

"We are selling them until they are gone," Heran said. "They are really nice bags, especially for the price. And we are hoping to use the money toward a renovation down the road, if that comes about."

She said that, while there is no plan for renovations right now, it is good to start raising money now for the other programming and financial needs of the library.

"Right now, our goal is to increase membership," she said. "Hopefully, down the road, if there are renovations, we can assist with that."

The group is in the midst of applying for nonprofit status, and it will also put out a newsletter by next week, which will be available at the library.

The newsletter discusses the current fund-raiser, as well as upcoming programming. It will ask for volunteers to join the group for its next meeting on Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

"We are an open organization and we are always looking for new members to join," Heran said.

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