Friends and Fans of the Fairplay Library

Wonderful News from Fairplay Library

Fairplay Library, for the first time since June 2015, now has a 501 (c) (3) group to support the Library: Friends & Fans of Fairplay Library (FFFL).  Scott De’Aeth, FFFL President, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Library and Park County Government on Tuesday, May 21. All documents have been filed and the FFFL is up and running.  Donations for Fairplay Library, gratefully accepted by Friends & Fans of Fairplay Library, directly benefit Fairplay Library in turn benefiting our beautiful Fairplay community.

“I am thrilled to have such a cooperative group supporting our diverse programs here at Fairplay Library,” remarked Fairplay Library Branch Manager, Nancy Wood.

The Board of this new group consists of President Scott De’Aeth, Vice President Matthew Jennings, Secretary Mary Ann Aubrey, Treasure Nancy De’Aeth, and Member-at-Large Candy Thompson. Nancy and Scott De’Aeth purchased their Fairplay home in 2015, and decided to volunteer in the community by serving on the new Friends’ Board. Matthew Jennings has been a longtime library volunteer along with his entire family. Matthew’s mother, Liz, was the Fairplay Librarian for over two decades before retiring in 2017. Mary Ann Aubrey not only volunteered at the March 2, Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, but also created giant red bowties as part of the costumes for the volunteer group at that fun, family event.  Candy Thompson and her family volunteer all around the Fairplay community. In the past, Candy has helped with the Summer Reading Program and with Story Times at the Library.

Typically, Friends of the Library groups raise funds to support Library programs, materials, and other Library-defined needs not covered by the Library budget. By supporting the Library and its policies publicly, Friends groups help build community spirit fostered by our libraries. Libraries serve as a community hub with a wealth of resources to freely share, and our Friends’ groups are an integral part of serving our communities.

Also on May 21, Linda and Bernie Nagy stopped into Fairplay Library with the Third Edition—revised and expanded of their Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide. This new edition authored by Linda with photography by Bernie is now available at several locations locally. They will be at Fairplay Library during Burro Days for a book-signing event.   A couple summers ago, Linda and Bernie led a hike up Pennsylvania Mountain for wildflower identification with photography instruction from Bernie. July 12, they will again lead a hike for wildflower identification, photography, and/or sketching opportunities. Stay tuned for registration details about this free event open to hikers of all ages. The Library gratefully acknowledges Linda and Bernie who have been very generous with time, talent, and resources over many years.

Park County Public Library system has four branches: Bailey, Fairplay, Guffey, and Lake George. Many fun Library activities are planned for the coming months. Look for announcements in The Flume, and stop into your local branch and check out what they have to offer!