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Helena Bzonkova

Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library

 

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Membership level
EG Chamber Member - Not-for-Profit
First Name
Helena
Last Name
Bzonkova
Business Name
Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library
Phone
905-836-8589
 

Where we can find you

Address 1
P.O. Box 1701
City
Holland Landing
Province
ON
Postal Code
L9N 1P2
 

About Your Business

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  • Non-Profit Organizations
Business description (long)
ABOUT USThe Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library is a non-profit membership-based charitable foundation that operates under the direction of an elected Board.Our Mission Is:To promote literacy and the role of the Library within our community.We raise funds to support out-of-budget library programs and initiatives and promote literacy through special events and projects.SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTSOur financial support has provided children’s murals at both branches launched the Books for Babies program encouraged short story and poetry contests for school children as well as enhanced the DVD reference literature large print and audio books collection.Every year we sponsor Summer Reading Club and assist with costs for the Adult Book Discussion Group. Friends have also funded an accessible work station for each branch and AWE Early Literacy Station for the Mount Albert branch.Library Quilt ProjectThe Friends have produced two “bookshelf” quilts one in each library branch enabling individuals and businesses to buy a spine and put a family member company name or a book title on the quilt. The cost is $50 or $75 with a logo.Literacy Garden“If you have a garden and a library you have everything”. - CiceroThe Literacy Garden at the Holland Landing branch officially opened on May 15 2010. It was a joint project of the Town of East Gwillimbury the East Gwillimbury Public Library Board the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library and the Mount Albert Garden and Horticultural Society.The Friends applied for a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and in April 2009 received $75000 to provide landscaping trees shrubs perennials and accessible pathways.The Library plans to use outdoor space for story time gardening seminars and a meeting place for community groups. There are signs along the path that interpret drought-tolerant gardens identify the native plants and explain how the whole garden complements and preserves the local environment. The Literacy Garden reinforces the Library as a community hub provides a quiet spot to read and enjoy nature as well as a resting spot for hikers on Simcoe Trail.Authors in East GwillimburyTo further promote literacy the Friends host three author readings each year. Our Author Reading Series project began in 2004 and continues to draw both large audiences and top Canadian writers to our community.Watch for our posters at both library branches and around town during the fall winter and spring.
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