“… to support, extend and enhance
the work of the Scott County Public Library”
Who we are: The Friends of the Scott County Public Library is a nonprofit organization which serves as a support group for the library. Since the founding in 1975 the Friends have provided much needed volunteer staffing, have purchased and donated materials, furnishings and equipment for the library and have provided a wide variety of programming, especially for children.
What we do: Friends have worked with other libraries and with the State on legislative issues and have provided valuable public relations assistance to keep the public informed about new acquisitions and technology. Friends have also served as an extension into the community, spearheading many collaborative projects and partnerships.
The Friends have been and are active in a variety of ways:
- Provide programs, materials, furnishings and equipment for the library
- Lobby state legislators on library matters
- Provide public relations for the library
- Inform the public on library activities
- Collaborate with other Kentucky libraries for the mutual good
- Collaborate with other local groups for the community good
- Promote public involvement in the library
- Sponsor the “Celebrate with Books” program
- Award an Academic Scholarship
- Sponsor and manage a bookstore inside the library
- Sponsorship of “Staff Appreciation” day during the National Library Week
The bookstore is open when the library is open. For more information contact Pat Harmon.
Promoting literacy in our community is an ongoing priority. The Friend’s “Celebrate with Books” grant program allows community and educational organizations to apply for funding that provides books for special needs.
The Friends of the Scott County Public Library, Inc. will award two $1000 scholarships each year if applicants meet the criteria. The Joe Manfredo Scholarship and the Friends of the Scott County Public Library are designed to provide financial assistance to individuals intending to pursue or continue a professional career in a library field or a library related field such as Technology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Media. The scholarship is available to Scott County high school graduates or individuals currently employed in a recognized library in Scott County, Kentucky, who wish to continue their professional education and training.
The scholarship recipients will be selected by the Board of the Friends of Scott County Public Library on the basis of scholarship, character, demonstrated interest in library support and/or advocacy, and participation in school and community activities
Click here for an application and more information.
We encourage anyone interested in supporting the library to become a member of the Friends of the Library. A governing Board is elected annually to conduct the executive functions of the organization and there is one general membership meeting per year. Friends are encouraged to select projects which interest them and/or be active in other ways in the Friends Organization.
Members are kept informed by newsletters and a monthly library calendar. Friends Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room at the Scott County Public Library. These board meetings are open to the Friends Membership. Your support is greatly appreciated and along with the Staff and Board of Trustees, help provide a state-of-the-art library for all citizens of Scott County. Becoming a Friend helps a friend, your library, and the community.
Friends Board of Directors 2019-2020
Mary Fogos — President
Sharon Bedwell– Vice President
Aloka Mukherjee — Treasurer
Barbara Edwards — Secretary
Darla Botkin — Member
Doris Francis — Member
Pat Harmon — Member
Margaret Roberts — Member
Beth Thompson — Member
For more information or to volunteer your time and talents, call the library or contact the Friends at Friends@scottpublib.org.
Our phone number is (502) 863-3566.