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Lathrop Library Friends plans infomation blitz
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LATHROP – Between now and October, Lathrop will be inundated by information about the city’s newest nonprofit group – the Friends of the Lathrop Library.

Board officers of the organization, meeting for the second time on Thursday at the River Islands office, set up an aggressive publicity blitz that they hope will drum up not just membership but financial support as well for the public library’s advocacy group.

Among the publicity plans approved include the printing of a tri-fold information brochure that the members hope to distribute at all sites of the upcoming National Night Out block parties on August 3, and to have an informational booth at the City Hall location.

“We’re not going to be successful if we’re in a closet,” said Bob Gleason who was selected president of the Lathrop Friends of the Library.

The above information blitz is intended to lead up to the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the $4 million Youth and Teen Center, a building complex on Seventh Street next to the Lathrop Police Services office, which will include a section for the library. The Lathrop Public Library, a branch of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Library System, is currently housed in a rented ground-floor section of a two-story building just a short block away from the Youth and Teen Center building site.

The project is funded solely by money collected from developers’ fees that are strictly earmarked for community improvement. Current projections call for the completion of the building project sometime in spring of 2011.

Other business items accomplished by the Lathrop Library Friends Thursday include:

•The adoption of the organization’s incorporation papers.

•The filing of incorporation application to the state preparatory to establishing nonprofit status.

•Setting a firm date and location for future meetings which will be the first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the River Islands office.

While all of the above are being worked on, the new Friends of the Lathrop Library group will be accepting donations from the public. However, until the organization obtains a tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service, all check donations must be made out to Lathrop Morning Rotary while specifying that the funds are for the Friends of the Library.

Those wishing to learn more about the group and how to become a member or to make a donation, call (209) 982-1798.