Focus on Friends - Stirling Road Library
The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library are deeply devoted to the library, acknowledging it to be the center of the community which it serves. Our Friends
group began when the Stirling Road Branch library opened in 2003. We have since embraced
our mission to raise funds for the well-being of the branch, to advocate for libraries and staff and to sponsor programs which enhance our community. Although Stirling Road is considered a small branch, our Friends number over 425 families, mostly due to focused efforts to raise awareness of the work that we do.
In 2015, our group was recognized by the Florida Library Association as the sole statewide recipient of the coveted Eileen Brunner Membership Development Award given to the Friends
group which has demonstrated the most dramatic increase in membership, based on the quality and content of membership materials, campaign objectives and achievement. In 2014, Our
group’s website was recognized by the Florida Library Association as the best Friends’ website in the State.
Our facility projects have included the refurbishing and regular cleaning of the library's chairs, a reading rug for the children's
area, bulletin boards and adorable book baskets with the logo of our group. We have also purchased lovely display cases.
The Friends group raises funds for the branch through its daily book fairs and special mega fairs. Our book room is open during all library hours and has grown even more in popularity since the closing of bookstore chains in the City of Hollywood.
Another focus of our fundraising is the successful Dedicate-A-Shelf project, which since its inception in 2010, has raised over $15,000. In 2017 our
group established The Stirling Circle for those Friends who contribute $50 and more annually to the Friends. In its first year, The Stirling Circle grew to almost 125 members. A special champagne reception was held to kick off The Stirling Circle at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts.
Other events include a special reception at the Hollywood Arts and Culture Center and a one-woman show based on the life of Estée Lauder.
Sponsoring programs within the various departments of the library is a keystone of our mission. Our
group is known for its outstanding lecture series which consistently attracts a full house. We host lectures about art appreciation, music, politics and history. We also provide
ongoing art workshops. Our Book Club and Short Story group have over 45 readers who regularly attend. In 2016 and 2017, the Friends
group sponsored free SAT classes and free college admissions seminars for almost 200 students.
We are also known for our partnerships with local groups. We partner with The Music Club of Hollywood in presenting lecture series and concerts, with Cinema Paradiso of Hollywood for our monthly movie club, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood to bring children’s art programs to our branch, the Hollywood Historical Society for a lecture series, and the David Posnack Jewish Community Center to bring authors to our branch. We are active with our local high school, Hollywood Hills High School, in our endeavors to serve our teen population.
Advocating for libraries is natural for the Stirling Road Branch. We have sent our branch manager to Tallahassee to advocate for libraries and have invited local politicians to serve as honorary members of our Board of Directors. In 2017, our honorary board members
included State Representative Evan Jenne, County Commissioner Tim Ryan, Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy and City Commissioner Dick Blattner. We marked National Library Week with a City of Hollywood ceremony issuing a
proclamation and held a celebration at the branch in order to increase awareness of the library’s resources. In 2016, we gave out 100 free books to kids at our celebration. We are proud that we have helped to sponsor the attendance of our staff at various national library conferences.
During the past few years, the Friends group has done its best to go green. We replaced the print copy of our newsletters with e-updates and share most of our flyers and publicity through email blasts. We have embraced social media and can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the Friends
group at StirlingFriends.org.
Remember: Good Friends make Great Libraries!