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Friends Of The Library Announces New President


Last updated 4/25/2018 at 3:58pm

During its annual meeting at the Transylvania County Library this month, the Friends of the Library (FOL) announced the appointment of its new board president. Tia Ramsey, who previously served as the board secretary, takes over the position upon the departure of Alice Hardy. Both women have long records of dedicated service to the FOL.

Ramsey is a life-long friend of libraries. Ramsey’s love of libraries began as a young child, she explains, when she would rush out on her bicycle to the library to check out the latest Hardy Boys mystery book and continued through her college years when she worked shelving books in her college library.

“Tia has worn many hats over the years and has served the library in many different capacities,” Library Director Anna Yount said. “She has been on the library staff, twice. And for many years, she was the secretary that every organization dreams of, preparing accurate minutes, rosters and keeping all of us organized.”

Ramsey is also what she calls “a lifetime Girl Scout.” From 1999-2016 she was training director for the Girl Scout council that serves Western North Carolina, designing and delivering leader training in 40 North Carolina counties.

Hardy has served on the FOL board for 10 years, including two stints each as president-elect and president. Hardy explains her many years in leadership positions with the organization this way: “It wasn’t a matter of the board not being able to find anyone else to fill the slot but because I wanted so much to stay on.”

A retired educator who has served on numerous community committees and boards, Hardy describes her years of service with the Friends as “a grand and happy experience.”

She said, “Volunteering at the library in any capacity is a totally rewarding experience. The FOL, the library staff and governing boards all represent a total body of dedicated people who share their time and talents to enrich our community in so many ways.”

It will be hard to imagine our Friends Board without Alice Hardy on it, Yount said.

“She has provided exceptional leadership in so many ways… twice! It is not often that someone says they will miss having a meeting, but I will truly miss my meetings with Alice – they are always a pleasure,” said Yount.

Yount also says she is looking forward to working with Ramsey in her role as FOL president for many reasons.

Both women are serious outdoor enthusiasts and Yount lists one of the reasons she’s excited about Ramsey’s new position is that “we can have our meetings out on the trail.”

Hardy has seen many changes over the years and is particularly pleased with the success of The Second Story Book Store, which now offers online sales and expanded hours of operation. She adds that she is very proud of the hard work of the board.

“The Friends of the Library has a wider audience than ever before,” said Hardy.

Ramsey is excited about the library’s outreach efforts to take their programs “to all edges of the county.” One of her goals as the new board president is to continue Hardy’s focus on making “every Friends’ member feel valued and involved, and to realize how their membership makes a difference to the entire community.”

Lastly, Ramsey wants to continue efforts to inform the public on the great value the Friends organization brings to the community. Ramsey explains that the library receives no county money for programming.

“Every single program offered at the library from movies, to children’s summer reading, to musical productions, to discussions of current events is paid for by the Friends of the Library. By filling this void, the Friends provide a vital service to the county,” said Ramsey.

Echoing that sentiment, Yount says that Friends’ organizations are vital to the success of every public library.

“Our Friends, with a capital ‘F,’ are our staunchest supporters and our most effective advocates,” said Yount.

If you are interested in becoming a FOL member, you can sign up at the main information desk at the Transylvania County Public Library.

(Pam Drellow is an FOL board member.)


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