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Woman’s Club donates to library

Submitted photo Marijane Kiley, Heidi Jeffries and Joan Tacy, president of Elkins Woman’s Club, gather recently as the club makes a donation to the Elkins Randolph County Public Library.

ELKINS — The WGFC Woman’s Club of Elkins recently made a $750 donation toward the Elkins Randolph County Public Library Capital Campaign Fund.

Library Director Stephanie Murphy was presented with the donation.

This completes the $1,500 pledge made by the group for its two-year Community Improvement Project directed toward the future expansion of the library and the reorganization of Elkins Bookhounds, Friends of the Elkins Library.

President of the Bookhounds, Heidi Jeffries, commented on the fundraising efforts of the 100-member-strong organization.

“I am so grateful that Woman’s Club has embraced this project. We raised over $6,000 in grants and donations since our startup in September of 2016. Dedicated volunteers step up to help with events as well as many who simply want to help financially. We welcome anyone who would like to see the library continue to improve services and programs.”

Murphy

Murphy spoke to the Woman’s Club at the February general meeting about the updates and programs she has been able to implement over seven months, assisted through the fundraising efforts of Elkins Bookhounds.

“My motto is ‘This Library Belongs to its Community,'” Murphy said, adding she has created a team atmosphere with her employees and other organizations and businesses in the community.

More than 273 people have signed up for a library card since July 1. New programs targeting the specific needs of Randolph County include: The Cool Chicks Read Book Club; Fido, a read-to-a-dog program; Stella’s Story Hour, a preschool story and activity time; Read Create through the Decades, summer reading/art/research program for children; Family Game Nights; Movie Night at the Library; Afternoon Tea at the Library, an informational setting for seniors; and Makerspace Mondays, a STEM project for middle school students.

In addition to her working relationship with Woman’s Club and Elkins Bookhounds, she has developed partnerships with three local schools, three local businesses, six local organizations and has garnered support from the city and county government.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. WGFC Woman’s Club of Elkins meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes new members.

The Friends of the Library group is designed to promote understanding of the library — its programs, its resources and its needs. More information is available at the library.

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