If you're browsing at the central library on Guadalupe on any given Tuesday or Saturday morning, listen closely in the quiet. Put your ear to the floor. You might hear the Friends of the Public Library whirring away like well-oiled industrial equipment down in the basement. Chances are you won't, and that's the reason this group of heroes goes unsung. They're sorting books down there, feverishly, in preparation for the September book sale, which provides APL with an annual $50,000 (at least) boost to its budget. Programs, staff, computer/furniture acquisitions, you name it. The Friends make development easier, especially in these rough financial times. Because they also get involved -- at City Council meetings, in letter-writing campaigns, etc. -- they're always recruiting volunteers. E-mail Kim Lindros at email@example.com to help out.
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