Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
The Woodward Library Society gathered recently for a dinner and auction at F&M Bank's Franklin Room, an evening of support for APSU's Felix G. Wodward Library.
Library Director Joe Weber, has been running the library for 12 years. He was pleased to see so many at this year's fundraiser.
“I'm happy with tonight's turnout,” Weber said. “I'm glad these folks are here, and I hope they're really not shy when it's time to bid on the silent auction items.
“I would call this a fund raiser and friend raiser. The amount on that check,” (He pointed to the corner of the room where a giant check for $19,870 was displayed on an easel) “represents donations, mostly from the folks you see in this room. That amount includes their membership dues, donations and the cost of tonight's dinner tickets. That's how much we raised this year. After expenses, that money will go directly to the library where it will be used to buy books, e-journals, and information resources for our students.”
Weber says Woodward Library sees about 600,000 student visits each year. Spring is a very busy time, as many students are approaching the end of their school year. Things will slow down a bit in the summer, but Weber and his team operate year-round to take care of APSU's students.