By Ammie Ruddle
Friends of the Library is a local organization that works to support the library by creating events to entice foot traffic at the library. One such event is “The Beat Behind the Book.” This event will take place behind the Pendleton County Library. It will feature local musical entertainment and will run for two Saturdays, June 4 and 11.
The event will also feature local cuisines to enjoy alongside the music.
Friends of the Library is known for annual activities such as the summer reading program, Treasure Mountain Festival book sale, and an event called History Alive.
History Alive, is a live adaptation of an historic figure. “An actor will dress as an historic figure, and for a day ‘becomes’ that figure. The actor will answer questions regarding the history of the historic individual,” according to Mike Rechlin. “We just want to build up notice of the library.”
Friends of the Library has a meeting every year that is “open to the public,” according to Madeline Hoover, president of the Friends of the Library organization. “We would really like to see everyone show up for the meeting to support the library.”
Hoover illustrated her passion for the library saying, “it (the library) is much nicer than what we had as children.” She talked about the decorated window, inviting people to see it and its “musical theme.” She then went on to express how important the library is to the community by adding, “I truly believe children learn through reading.”