The Friends of Buckham Memorial Library is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to promoting our Library as an essential institution of society and supporting its mission and vision. Our members advocate for, educate about, and raise funds to support the collections and programs of Buckham Memorial Library.
Through your generous support, the Friends of Buckham Memorial are able to provide materials and opportunities to the community that would not otherwise be available. As a Friend, you help ensure that the Library remains one of Faribault’s strongest assets.
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Memorials & Tributes
Here are a few of the Friend's recent activities and projects:
Friends Organic Learning Garden
In 2016, The Friends spearheaded a new opportunity for our community, The Friends Organic Learning Garden.
The Friends Garden is a place for folks to gather and learn how to:
grow delicious organic food
take care of the earth and our water supply
make connections with other members of our community
The Friends of Buckham Memorial Library purchased all of the tools, equipment and fencing for the garden. They also purchased the stone and masonry materials for the lovely planter surrounding the garden that was constructed by the City of Faribault Parks Department. Many people have enjoyed the beautiful produce that the garden provided this season. We are looking forward to launching the heirloom seed library in 2017 from the seeds saved from this years’ Friends Garden.
On June 18, 2016, “Inspire!” A carving by Ivan Whillock honoring the lives and work of Faye and Dena Allen was dedicated by the Friends as part of the Heritage Days Celebration. The Friends commissioned this piece of fine art with a generous gift received from the estate of Faye and Dena Allen.
Dot and Dash Coding Robots
The Friends are always excited to provide new technology and innovative programs. With a gift from the Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC, the Friends purchased two sets of Dash and Dot robots. The Library will use Dash and Dot to teach children about computer coding.
Baby Bags For more than a decade, the Friends have provided a book bag filled with literacy information and baby’s first book for each child born at District One Hospital.
Summer Reading Program To help prevent the “summer reading slide”, the Friends support the Summer Reading Program for young people. 1,136 kids benefited from the 2016 Summer Reading Program “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”
Hot Reads for Cold Nights
The Friends sponsor the Library's annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading rewards program.