The Friends of The New York Public Library has a campaign to gain 1,000 new members by Friday, February 14, 2014 (yes, that's right, St. Valentine's Day). Jessica Cassidy, Director, Friends Program, writes, in part, "Living in our city isn't always easy. It can be a cold and unforgiving place, particularly for families struggling to make ends meet."
That's why it's so special that at the Library, no matter what your circumstances, you are welcome. You are always welcome.
Come inside, our librarians say. It's warm, and it's full of books.
Times are tough for many of our patrons, and we can't depend only on the government to pay for the rising demand for our services and programs. Can we count on you to make it a little easier for your neighbors, and help us reach our goal of 1,000 members by Friday?
...When you join with a 2014 Friends of the Library membership, you make possibilities unfurl for people who might not otherwise have them this year:
Shelf after shelf of books from The Color Purple to Dr. Seuss to 100 Years of Solitude, all for free — that's your doing.
Immigrants taking English as a Second Language classes — the pride they feel in their new fluency is your doing.
Homework help — those beaming children holding up their As are your doing.
I know you value all of these things, and all the classes, author readings, story-time sessions, and more that we provide. Without the support of our donors, none of them would be possible.
We're counting on you.
Elsewhere, the Friends state, "Government funding pays only a portion of the Library's operating expenses, and demand for our services keeps increasing."
For the rest of our vital work, we rely on you. That's why we're aiming to have 1,000 members give by February 14.
Membership with the Friends of the Library group is a critical way to help patrons all over New York City, young and old, rich and poor. Your gift supports NYPL's free and vital services including books, literacy training, English as a Second Language classes, and job search resources.
Plus, Friends receive special benefits such as discounted LIVE tickets, invitations to member events, and the satisfaction of belonging to group of generous and compassionate New Yorkers.
One can join either online or over the phone by calling The New York Public Library (NYPL) at (212) 930-0653.