Friends of the Library
The Sumter County Library could not operate without the strong support of the community, and no element of our community is more productive, supportive, and generous than the Friends of the Sumter County Library. The Friends are a citizen volunteer group with membership open to all.
The group raises funds through membership dues and fund-raising activities, including an annual book sale and Author Events. These activities are highly anticipated community events.
Book donations are accepted any time at the Downtown Library or Wesmark Branch for the annual book sale. Books are also available for sale year-round at the Downtown and Wesmark Branches. All proceeds from Friends of the Library events benefit library programs and services. Click the BOOK DONATION tab on the Library Procedures page for our Book Donation Policies.
The mission of the Friends of the Sumter County Library, active since 1984, shall be to develop and maintain an association to promote awareness and appreciation of the Library’s functions, resources, services, and needs. As Friends of the Library, we promote and support the library programs and staff through fundraising and advocacy. Our vision is a thriving and sustainable library system accessible to all. The Annual book sale, Author Event, and Forrest Ray 5K provide us the opportunity to engage in activities which make the library a stronger presence in our community. The Friends encourage the donation of books and other library materials as well as endowments and bequeaths.
The Harriett Pace Moses Fund
The Harriett Pace Moses Fund is a memorial fund that supports literacy programming through the Library’s monthly Day Care Book Bag program which reaches out to a dozen daycares with around five-hundred preschool-age children who are without transportation to the library.
The program provides distinctive red and black book bags containing books, audios, and videos to delight the children and helpful literacy teaching ideas for daycare staff.
The fund was set up by Sumter native Robert A. Moses and his five daughters who manage the fund through the Friends of the Sumter County Library.
Donations are accepted year-round for this important fund and worthwhile program. Impacting the lives of these young children by giving their education a jump start is a way of creating lifelong readers and achievers. Please consider making a difference in a child’s life by donating.
The Friends’ Corner Book Shelf
If you missed the Friends’ Annual Book Sale, drop by the Library and check out the books for sale at the Friends Corner Book Shelf, located on the 1st floor of the Main Library near the Circulation Desk or at the Wesmark Branch.
Hardback books are $1.00 and paperback books $0.50. They will be glad to see you, too. There are like-new books for every taste.
The Friends of the Library Board
Sue Griffin – President
Pam Vorpahl – Treasurer
Ann Shreve – Secretary
Jeanne Anne Baldwin
James P. Cromer, Jr.
Nancy Nash Wilson
Rose Marie Newman