Friends of Porter Public Library celebrating 50 years of service in 2022
The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. To honor this milestone the group is planning a variety of activities throughout 2022. More details will be shared when available, in both the library and Friends newsletters, the Observer and social media.
The first Friends meeting was held on Oct. 18, 1972. At that time, there were 66 members. Today the group has a membership of over 200. The first officers of the organization were: Ruth Lesko, President; Wilson Caldwell, Vice President; Kenneth Crandall, Treasurer; and Myrna Chelko, Secretary. These four individuals were instrumental in guiding the Friends of Porter Public Library into the organization it is today.
Over the past 50 years, the organization has given over $1,000,000 to the library in donations and materials, and it all started with its first book sale in January 1974, which netted a profit of approximately $975. All funds raised by the Friends goes to the library to support programs and projects not included in the library budget. The group does this through the annual book sale, the Book Nook (used book room), Portables Gift Shop (located in the lobby), membership dues, and special fundraising events. All activities are conducted by dedicated volunteers.
To join Friends, pick up a membership brochure at the library or click on the Friends tab on the library website, westlakelibrary.org, to print a membership form.
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.