Fairplay Library announces new 501(c)(3): Friends and Fans of Fairplay Library. Pictured here (left to right, back row) Mary Ann Aubrey, board secretary; Scott De’Aeth, board, president; Nancy Wood, Fairplay Library branch manager; Matthew Jennings, board vice president and (front row) Candy Thompson, board member-at-large and Nancy De’Aeth, board treasurer. (Photo by Pat Shepard)

The Fairplay Library, for the first time since June 2015, has a 501(c)(3) group to support the Library: Friends and Fans of Fairplay Library.  

Scott De’Aeth, FFFL president, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Library and Park County government on May 21.

“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 FFFL board consists of President Scott De’Aeth, Vice President Matthew Jennings, Secretary Mary Ann Aubrey, Treasure Nancy De’Aeth and Member-at-Large Candy Thompson.

Scott and wife Nancy De’Aeth purchased their Fairplay home in 2015, and decided to volunteer in the community by serving on the new Friends’ Board. Jennings has been a longtime library volunteer along with his entire family. Matthew’s mother, Liz, was the Fairplay Librarian for more than two decades before retiring in 2017.

Aubrey has volunteered for the Fairplay Library on many occasions, and Thompson and her family regularly volunteer throughout the Fairplay community. In the past, Thompson 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, of course, also serve as a community hub with a wealth of resources to freely share. Friends groups are an integral part of serving Park County communities.

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