Friends of the Granite Bay Library


The mission of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library is to be an advocate of our Library, raising funds and awareness, reflecting the needs of our community.

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Address:P.O. Box 2004
Granite Bay, CA 95746
County or Parish:Placer County
Primary NTEE:Education 
Sub NTEE:Libraries 
Contact Email:info@folgranitebay.org
Primary Phone:916-791-2128
Website:http://www.folgranitebay.org
The Friends of the Granite Bay Library was formed in 1990, and received its tax exempt status in 1995. The first goal of the organization was to bring a library facility to the Granite Bay community. The existing Granite Bay Branch was a small rented storefront in a local shopping center. Working closely with the Placer County Library System, "The Friends" raised $50,000 to start the project. Land was purchased and an Architect was hired, and our new library opened on May 20, 1995. Over the years we have endeavored to engage the community in supporting the Granite Bay Library to foster a lifelong love of reading; providing an environment for learning, creating and developing literary skills.
The primary activity of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library is to support the library through fundraising and volunteerism. Fundraising requires a great deal of community support and many talented individuals. County funding of libraries has dropped dramatically. Our goal is to fill the gap between what the library needs and what the County provides.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds to purchase Library Materials - Books, magazines, DVDs, audio books, eBooks. Our target is to donate $10,000 per year to the Granite Bay Library to support the materials needs.
  2. Funding: Program - Funds to support Children's Programming by providing reading centered events and encouragement for lifelong reading.
  3. Volunteers - To help us make a difference requires individuals with diverse talents and skills. We are always looking for volunteers who are passionate about reading. We welcome new ideas and energy to our board.
  4. Board Members - We welcome creative and supportive volunteers willing to be: Board Members, Committee Chairs Committee Members, and Worker Bees.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds to cover our limited operating expenses.
'It was a busy year for the Granite Bay Library! More than 68,458 patrons visited our library, checking out 130,614 books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs. They also enjoyed using our six internet station and wi-fi; many people find the library ideal for studying and reading the newspaper. The library staff welcomed over 800 children and adults who participated in the weekly Summer Reading Program events, as well as the weekly Mother Goose on the Loose children's story and craft time. Our Annual Book Sale was quite successful, raising over $4,600 to support the children's reading programs, while getting books into the eager hands of our community members. The Friends are happy to announce that recently we were able to allocate $10,000 to be spent on new materials that will go directly to the library's shelves. These funds are made possible by fundraising efforts, such as our annual Chili Cookoff, as well as by Friends of the Library memberships and donations. We hope to continue to help the library meet the needs and requests of the patrons, and we look forward to all the new programs that will be offered throughout the coming year. Thank you again for your interest and support of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library!'

Sincerely,
Debby Bedwell, President, Friends of the Granite Bay Library