Since the group’s formation we have organised events of our own or helped with events organised by the Library staff. In December 2013 we held a book sale and in February 2014 our first poetry evening, ‘Winter into Spring’. We had a Quiz and Chips night on 21 February 2014 with teams of up to 6 people taking part in 10 rounds of questions set by our own Quizmaster Jonathan. 67 people attended and enjoyed a fun evening with a fish and chip supper and raffle.
We helped the Library set up a Pop-Up Library at Tesco a few weeks later to talk to the shoppers about the Library Service. There was another Pop-Up Library celebrating World Book Night in April 2014, which we helped with. We gave away over 400 books, and spent the day talking with people in the Town Square about books and reading and the value of libraries for everyone. These events bring the Library outside the building and into the streets. It’s part of the new approach by the Library Service on the Isle of Wight, to make sure that our libraries stay open and become more relevant, as well as providing more services and resources for everyone.
We run book sales twice a year. If things don’t sell on the day, there’s a book stack in the Large Print section of the library where what’s left goes on sale and money trickles in. It’s brilliant. We need books and CDs, and DVDs. They need to be in reasonable condition to sell. Please bring your unwanted items to the library, and encourage anyone you know to do the same. If you have a large collection, we can collect for you. The more books we sell, the more money we make for the Friends and the more additional equipment the library can buy.
We hold regular Meet the Friends events for everyone interested in becoming a Friend or Volunteer at the Library to see some of the things we’ve bought with the proceeds and hear about what we’re doing and what we’re planning.
By June 2014 we had collected nearly £500 from our fund raising efforts and by September 2015 lots more!
Here are just some of the things the money has bought for the library:
“Look at our lovely new display stand purchased for Ryde library by our hard working Friends Group. As you can see have an amazing section of travel books for armchair journeys. Thank you Friends of Ryde Library.” – Jo Dodd, Library Supervisor, March 2019