The Florida Public Library (FPL) will once again be hitting the streets and knocking on doors as their door-to-door campaign continues the week of May 15. The library has set a goal of adding 200 new patrons in 2016-17. Staff and Board of Trustee members, in their blue FPL T-shirts and baseball caps, look forward to meeting new patrons and thanking current patrons for their support of the library.
“We really enjoyed getting out and visiting so many homes and talking to both library users and non-users to discuss our services and hear what they want from us,” said Library Director Madelyn Folino.
The campaign, which kicked off last September during Library Card Sign Up Month, signed up 107 new cardholders. Two-person teams canvassed 33 local streets to sign up cardholders and pass out goodie bags with library brochures, bookmarks, magnets, pencils, and the always popular Copper Bottom Restaurant coupons. Since the fall of 2015, local restaurant owner Marco Soleri has generously donated ten percent of diners’ bills when they present the library coupon, which is available at FPL or its website.
The library serves a population of just under 5,000 people in the Florida Union Free School District and FPL’s goal is to increase the number of cardholders from 57 percent to 60 percent of the population, as well as spread the word on the many free, educational programs offered right in Florida. Library cards are also free and will open a world of lifelong learning to all who sign up. A parent/guardian must sign the application for minors under age 18.
For more information on how to get a library card, visit the library in person or online or call 651-7659. Library cards are issued whenever the library is open. Business hours are Mon. to Fri. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun. from 12 noon to 5 p.m.