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Organization Details

Programs

Description
Exhibits of local artists are featured in the Beecher Room on a bi-monthly schedule. Showings are of a variety of media including oils, pastels, watercolors woodblock printing, and photography.
Budget
$0
Program Successes
- The Beecher Room is a public facility and holds many meetings each week.
- Local users clamor for time in the room due in part to the art that is always on display. As such, our viewers represent a great segment of the community.
- Local artists gain new audiences from their exhibits and are pleased with this program sponsored by the Friends of Auburn Library.
Description
Our Friday NOON Speaker Series is an excellent opportunity for our community members to learn about and from unique people in our community. FOL takes great pride in these programs that are offered from September through May. Seating is available beginning at 11:30 am, the programs begin at noon and light refreshments are available. This speaker series is free to the public.
Budget
$400
Program Successes
- Over 145 speakers have spoken in the past 17 years.
- Talks have varied from local history, local artists, authors, cooks, wine makers, safety officers, elected officials, and preservation experts.
- Audience size varies from 10 to 40; the variety of subjects draws regular attendees and numerous community members attend when the subject piques their interest. Speakers on local history garner much interest.
- Auburn is fortunate to have this FOL sponsored speaker series offered in a public venue at no cost to the attendees.
Description
The Great Books Reading and Discussion group meets monthly in the Beecher Room. They discuss readings from the Great Books curriculum, featuring selections from Great Conversations 5.
Budget
$0
Program Successes
- The Auburn California chapter has met continuously for 29 years.
- Each meeting is attended by 8 to 12 members with a reasonable mix of women and men.
Description
The Used Book Sale is a twice a month event where FOL Auburn sells used hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and "white elephants" to members of the community. The sale is housed in our FOL Jean Couzens Annex. All items are priced reasonably, benefiting the community while earning funds for the Friends. This is FOL's largest on-going fundraiser.
Budget
$200
Program Successes
The Used Book Sale proves successful in several important ways.
- First, these sales are the greatest source of income for the Friends of Auburn Library. Even in the age of e-books, patrons still support this sale. With donations ranging from coffee table books to popular book club choices to mysteries and biographies and CDs, patrons can find something of interest at a bargain price. The Used Book Sale is well respected in the community and donors are pleased to give their books to be sold to benefit the Library.
- Second, books are put in readers' hands at affordable prices. With many books selling for as little as a quarter, to hard-bound books for a dollar, buyers are able to bring families to enjoy buying books for everyone.
Description
Each Spring, FOL organizes community volunteers to read to classrooms of elementary students in local Auburn schools. Last year we reached almost 1,200 students through this program. Volunteers read to preschoolers, elementary, middle school, and special education classes. Students see the love of reading as this program promotes literacy.
Budget
$200
Program Successes
- In 2018, six schools participated, totaling 48 classrooms, 44 readers, and almost 1,200 students. The six Auburn schools were: Alta Vista, Auburn Elementary, Bowman, Rock Creek, Skyridge, and St. Josephs.
- Volunteer readers report the joy of reading a favorite story to a class of eager listeners. With the teacher in the classroom, readers have a 20-30 minute period to share their love of reading with the students.
- Teachers report the students enjoy and benefit from the experience. The love of reading is contagious and Auburn FOL is glad to spread that love.