The Friends are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3). We promote the interests and programs of the Library.
We welcome new members and donations of money, books, CDs, DVDs, and time. Membership is open to everyone, and you can join or renew online or at Beatley's circulation desk. Friends' meetings are open to the public.
The Beatley Friends help the Library achieve what it might not be able to on its own. We have raised more than $180,000 for the Beatley Library since 2012.
We've funded enhancements like these:
|New murals in the Children's area|
|Audio-visual upgrades in the large public meeting room|
|Adult, teen and children's programs, such as All Alexandria Reads & SummerQuest (Check out the event calendar for Beatley and the other branches on the Alexandria Libraries website)|
|An engineering study providing a clear plan for infrastructure improvements|
|Restoration of custodial services|
|Also, we advocate for the Library’s Capital Budget in front of the mayor, city manager, and city council.|
Going forward, the Friends are considering supporting projects like the following:
The purchase of work tables with electrical outlets and charging stations (we know this will please everyone who brings their phone, laptop, or tablet with them to Beatley).
Makerspace development, including iPad minis for Youth Services, invention kits, a sewing machine, and 3D printer tuition (The makerspace movement is gaining momentum in the library world. FYI, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where people of all ages and skill levels can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Individuals and groups in a makerspace can design, prototype and create manufactured works that they typically couldn't do with just the resources any one person would have access to at home.)
Four Reasons to “Like” Us On Facebook
We know you like Beatley Library in real life. Now we ask you to “like” the Friends' Facebook page. What’s in it for you?
- Get reminders that membership comes with privileges like first dibs on books, CDs, and DVDs on sale.
- See how your contributions are helping the library (check out the gorgeous murals in the children’s area).
- Identify yourself as a library lover.
- Build up our numbers so at budget time City officials know their constituents care about library funding.