Friends of Richmond Beach Library selected as Community Partner for Shoreline School District

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Friends of Richmond Beach Library has been honored by the Shoreline School District as its Community Partner of the year. The award is one of 10 given each year by the school district. This year 137 individuals and organizations were nominated for awards. (See article)

“These staff members, volunteers and community members represent the best of who we are as a school community,” said Shoreline Superintendent Rebecca Miner. 
“Their focus and passion for the success of every student in our district was evident in the thoughtful nominations made on their behalf. I look forward to celebrating them and the incredible groups of employees and volunteers they represent.”

Lynn Evans, Board Member

Friends’ board member Lynn Evans said,
“We are very honored to receive this award. We each volunteer to support the work of our librarians. Their efforts to reach out to the community in support of literacy is just fantastic! 
"We are so proud of their dedication and commitment to the community that it’s a real honor to be able to contribute to their success.”

The Friends of Richmond Beach Library was nominated for this award by Anne Dame, librarian at Einstein Middle School. Anne works closely with Richmond Beach Library librarian Aarene Storms on developing appropriate programing for the students. In her nomination letter, Anne wrote:

“For the past 8 years, Richmond Beach Friends of the Library has supported all of the clubs that I have run in the library here at Einstein Middle school including Pizza and Books, The WRITE Stuff, and Anime Club. 
"The Friends of RB Library support the library, the community, and the citizens by providing money as needed for twice-monthly after-school programs at Einstein Middle School, which finances pizza and other snacks for teen program participants. 
"The Friends continually ask the question, ‘How can we help more?’ This kindly pestering has led to the creation of a brand-new program to promote literacy and get books into the hands of Richmond Beach readers: the Richmond Beach Read-a-Thon, which debuts in April 2019.”

An organization made up of community volunteers, the Friends of Richmond Beach Library is dedicated to improving literacy and building community in Richmond Beach. 

Formed in 1899, the Friends funds library activities including such popular programs as the monthly book club and Wisdom Café for adults, Pizza and Books in the school for teens, and storytellers, music, and STEM programs for children.

This is made possible by money raised through memberships, book donations from the community which are then sold at its books sales, and its annual Arts and Crafts Show.

More information on the Friends of Richmond Beach Library HERE.


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