This week is National Friends of the Library week, and I am proud to say that we have one of the best groups around. Our “Library Friends” work hard to raise much needed money for the library to buy new books and other materials. They also pay for the t-shirts that are handed out to pre-kindergarten kids at our annual “Countdown to Kindergarten” each year. There are other great things they have done for the library over the years, and we are very grateful for all their help. I honestly don’t know how we could make it without them.

Membership in the Library Friends is only $10 per person. If you are a student or someone 60 or older, membership is only $5 per year. Your membership fees go a long helping do things for the library. Currently there are around 115 members of the Library Friends. We would love for you to be a part of this group. You may contact the libary at 968-3239 if you need more information.

Preschool Story Time will also be meeting on October 28, at 10 am at the library.

The Library will be hosting a Showcase of Local Artists from October 23- October 31. We are looking for Henderson County residents who would like to display their own original framed artwork. This includes painting, drawings, and photography. A special “Meet the Artists” reception will be held on Thursday, October 23, at 5 pm. The artists of displayed works will be present to discuss their techniques and tips. If you would like to participate, please call the library at 968-3239.

Teens between the 7th-12th grades may bring their decorated pumpkins to the library on Friday, October 24, or Saturday, October 25. Patrons will vote on the best pumpkins. Winners will be announced October 31.