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3/27/2013 1:20:00 PM
Cottonwood Bookmarks the library's best friend
Manheim Gallery representative Margo Mitchell stopped by the Cottonwood Public Library to present a check for $1,060 in support the library’s Summer Reading Program. On hand at the check presentation was, from left, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Margo Mitchell, Bookmarks President Mary Eichman and Library Manager Vanessa Ward. VVN/Jon Pelletier
Manheim Gallery representative Margo Mitchell stopped by the Cottonwood Public Library to present a check for $1,060 in support the library’s Summer Reading Program. On hand at the check presentation was, from left, Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens, Margo Mitchell, Bookmarks President Mary Eichman and Library Manager Vanessa Ward. VVN/Jon Pelletier

They get by with a little help from their friends. The Cottonwood Public Library's Friends of the Library group, Cottonwood Bookmarks, makes it possible for the library to purchase items that the regular library budget is unable to support. It's people like you who make a difference in your library through your membership in the Cottonwood Bookmarks. So give yourself a pat on the back for your participation in a crucial need to your community.

The Cottonwood Bookmarks raise much needed monies through membership dues, yearly book sales and the on-going sale of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and videos in their Book Boutique at the library at 100 S 6th Street in Cottonwood. Another source of revenue comes in the form of rental fees for the rental books purchased for the library patrons. Also available for purchase are ear buds for the patron computers and canvas book bags.

Last fiscal year the Bookmarks purchased over $500 in Rental Books. Rental books check out for $1 per week and that money goes back into the group's fund to help the library. The Summer Reading Program enjoyed approximately $370 in giveaway prize books and $245 for crafts for the youngsters, all due to the subsidy of the Bookmarks. However, the most impressive outpouring of funds came in at $38,350 for the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Security gates! Without these gates, implementing the RFID tagging system, which the Yavapai County Free Library District partially funded, would have been useless.

Thanks to its members, the Cottonwood Bookmarks financial aid to the library budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012 was approximately $39,528.00.

For the present fiscal year, the Bookmarks purchased over $1,208 in rental books, CD books and large print books. The subscription for Value Line, a popular stock analysis newsletter, comes in at $2,487, and approximately $4,490 was disbursed for tower stands and custom made shelves for the shelving units in the newly refurbished Young Adult area. To complete the Young Adult area makeover, the Bookmarks purchased two Dell staff computers for another $1,960. To date, the Cottonwood Bookmarks financial aid for fiscal year 2012-2013 stands at approximately $10,150.

Thank you, Cottonwood Bookmarks, for striving to make the Cottonwood Public Library a comfortable, modern, well-equipped learning center for the citizens of Cottonwood. And thank you to the many citizens who donate their time, money, and items so that having a friends' group is even possible. Everybody should have a friends' group who offers their generous support like the Friends of the Library group, the Cottonwood Bookmarks.

The Cottonwood Bookmarks has been the designated non-profit friends' group for the Cottonwood Public Library since 1972. The purpose of this organization is to stimulate public support for the library, to arouse interest in library services, to encourage the use of the library as a source of information and education, and to raise funds for the library. The business of the Bookmarks organization is conducted by an Executive Board. To become a member of the Cottonwood Bookmarks, pick up a membership envelope at the Cottonwood Public Library at 100 S 6th Street, or call 928-340-2785 for more information. Membership is $5 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership. Benefits include 50 percent off book boutique prices.

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