Letter to the Editor

Welcome to your library

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Dear Editor,

Keeping with the theme for this year’s National Friends of the Library Week, I would like to extend a heartfelt greeting to the entire Berryville community by saying, “Welcome To Your Library.” This greeting carries even more weight given the recent issues we have all faced on a national scale. In a time when one could inadvertently get lost in the noise, it’s good to have a semblance of home. That is what the Berryville Public Library is to our community, past, present and future.

The Friends organization in Berryville plays a key role in “keeping house” while driving the message home that the Berryville Public Library is “Our Library” and “Our Future.” Yes, that means everybody! We are bringing the community together to rally behind a common goal. The 2020-2025 Berryville Library Building Project to raise money for a new library building, publicly launched in April, is in full swing with our aim set on hitting our goal sooner than projected.

Although I’m not a native Berryville(ite), or Berryville(an) (no offense, humor intended and please correct me when you see me around town), I have noticed a shared sentiment from those who are when it comes to the topic of a new library, and I quote, “Yes, we need it, but is it really going to happen this time?”

Take it from the mouth of a Friend and non-native who has always felt welcomed in this lovely community, “This time, it’s for real!”

When you see those green, light gray, or charcoal gray Friends shirts around town, know that is “your library” at work and in action. You will be able to identify a Friend when you see them doing any of the following: giving their time, support, money and baking skills to library fundraisers; spreading the word about the library and the fundraising for the new library building; etc.

Oct. 17-23, 2021, is the 16th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, and it’s the perfect opportunity to recognize the contributions of the Friends organization but also add your name to the list of those who chose to exemplify the word community. It’s easy to join — log on to https://berryvillelibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/ and click “Join Us.” Be sure to fill out the volunteer application while you’re there, and you’ll get a quick response. Our website also highlights the different ways we are FUNdraising and leaders within our community who are committed to building this legacy.

To make this even more of a reality to you, check out https://berryvillelibrary.org/building-project/ for in-depth information on where the library has come from and where we are headed, including the proposed designs for our new library. For those who need to, you are always welcome to stop by your library and sign up to join the Friends as well.

We will be having a leadership retreat from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 23, that will allow you a firsthand experience of the ways you will be able to serve and the structure by which we operate. This is going to be an incredible journey that will culminate with the building of a new library but keep in mind the relationships we will build along the way to continue improving an already thriving Berryville community.

Sincerely,

Calvin Cleaver

Communications Chair

Friends of the Berryville Library