Friends of the Library
Since its inception in 2012, we have primarily been responsible for recruiting volunteers for the library's big events (e.g., book fairs, poetry cafe setup and take-down), helping get the word out about library events and news through the Bark and social media, lending logistical support on the day of author visits, and organizing coffee donations for the poetry cafe. The events themselves are organized and operated by Ms. Slaten, our librarian.
Additionally, the PTA provides full or partial financial support for many library programs, such as:
A PebbleGo subscription which provides younger bulldogs with a resource for research and non-fiction information that is missing from the electronic resources funded by the district.
Library book bags for Pre-K through 1st grade students to help students keep their library books safe and "found"
Printed brochures that help families learn about the library and the digital resources available, including the necessary login information. It is illegal to provide this login information electronically to prevent unauthorized access.
Creation of the library's MakerSpace carts (started in 2018)
Author visits - For example, PTA funds meant the library could afford to bring the amazing Nathan Hale to Brentwood this past school year.
New books for the library.
While there are also several other major funding sources for library books including book fair profits and district funds, the extra support the PTA provides has helped Ms. Slaten to build one of the best school library collections around!