|Friends of the London Public Library is a volunteer organization that provides community support for our library system in London.|
Friends of the London Public Library celebrated its 20th anniversary in September 2013. During those 20 years Friends has raised more than 1.18 million dollars, funding that provides value-added enhancements to the Library's programs and services.
At the November 20 Library Board meeting Friends presented a cheque for $65,000 to the Library. Friends raise funds for the Library through memberships, the annual Library Book Sale, operation of The Library Store, and special fundraisers such as Speaking With Friends. Donations from Friends provide enhancements to library programs and services, with a special focus on children’s literacy programming like Summer R.E.A.D. in English and French, TD Summer Reading Club and Family Literacy Day.
Photo, left to right: Susanna Hubbard Krimmer (Library CEO), Gloria Leckie (outgoing Board Chair), Friends President Deb Lowry and LPL/Friends Liaison Arlene Thompson.
Connie Sullivan was presented with the Friend of the Year award in recognition of her many years of contributions to Friends of the London Public Library. She has served on the executive in different roles: Secretary (2002-05), Vice President (2005-06) and President (2006-08). Since 2011 she has been the coordinator of the Speaking With Friends fundraising event. Connie has been involved with coordinating and organizing numerous Friends' events, including annual general meetings, Meet & Greets for municipal election candidates, and the Library Book Sale. Connie is a major reason why Friends of the London Public Library has been one of the most successful Friends groups in Canada. Her energy, enthusiasm and advocacy for London Public LIbrary are contagious to everyone around her. It would be difficult to imagine the Friends without Connie!
Photo, left to right: Len Carey, Connie Sullivan, Deb Lowry