Submitted by the Northwest Georgia Regional Library

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library Board of Trustees presented a proclamation to the officers of the Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library signifying the entire week of Oct. 18-24 as Friends of the Library week at the library.

This week is recognized nationwide by municipalities, counties and local library boards to recognize the important role played by Friends as a voice of advocacy for public libraries.

In presenting the resolution, library director Joe Forsee noted that the Friends “highlights on an ongoing basis the fact that our library is the cornerstone of the community providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of lifelong learning.” He noted further that the Friends’ “gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.”

The Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Library was established in 1985 and has raised more than $30,000 for the library to date. Currently more than 100 community members contribute annually to the Friends and nearly 25 of these contributors actively volunteer their time to assist the group with fundraising efforts that include the semi-annual used book sale held every spring and fall.

“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Faye Fox. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back — and being an active member of this group is fun!”

Other officers of the organization are:

• Vice president Martha Wassum

• Secretary Roxana Donegan

• Treasurer Loretta Guthrie

• Membership chair Ann Compton

• Social chair Margaret Crow

“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said deputy library director Nick Fogarty. “The funds they raise definitely put the icing on the cake. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

This year, Friends donations have gone towards purchasing books for the library collection, partial funding for the Author Lecture Series, and support for the Summer Reading Program.

October is also Friends membership month. Membership forms are available at the library or by contacting Fogarty at to have a membership form mailed or e-mailed.

The Friends is a 501(c)3 organization.

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