Oh So Pleased

I want to celebrate a recent accomplishment that I had a hand in creating. I am a Friend of the Wells Branch Community Library, a community resource that is growing. (They have no residency requirement, which means anyone not living within the city limits of Austin can get a free card.) They’ll be moving into their new facility soon.

The library has built an alliance with the Barnes and Noble at La Frontera Shopping Center (Round Rock); last Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m., volunteers handed out vouchers to shoppers. The customers then handed vouchers to the cashier, and 20% of the purchases was donated by the bookstore to the library. I worked for the last hour. We were instructed not to solicit, so we had to be subtle in our approach. All told, we handed out 100 vouchers, and our profit from the book sale is $1190.

I’m quite satisfied with this outcome! If you want to help the library serve others, you can become a friend very easily. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: support your local public library. Access to publications is a fundamental expression of our first amendment right.

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