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Grand Forks Public Friends announces “Retuning YOU in 2022” Friends Focus

Volunteer organization to support year of music, art, and wellness programming at Grand Forks Public

Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks Public wants to help its library patrons sing, create, and find balance in the new year with some help from the Grand Forks Public Friends. The annual Friends Focus is “Retuning YOU in 2022,” a goal to support restorative wellness initiatives and music-based programming that will leave participants feeling “retuned.”

To start out the year of lyrics and levity, the Friends provided matching funds to supplement an AARP grant the library received to help sponsor an interactive and accessible music playground. The nature-inspired playset will be installed outside of the library this spring, ready for families to enjoy once the region turns the page on winter. The Friends board chose the retuning theme to inspire people to shake off the “quiet, please” identity of a public library and to encourage them to use the facility to bring vibrancy and fun back into their lives.

“I think our community can agree that the past couple of years have been a challenge, and times continue to be tough for many of our friends and neighbors,” said Friends President Debbie McLennan. “We want to help people find their beat again, perhaps through a few fun events and classes at their local library.”

Grand Forks Public Friends board members and volunteers will work with library staff throughout the year to organize music and wellness opportunities for all ages. The library will post the events on Facebook and its website as they are planned.

The Friends board chooses a “Friends Focus” every year, to which it dedicates a portion of its fundraising dollars and volunteer hours. Past Focuses have included “Art in the Library” and “Diversity.” If you would like more information about this year’s Focus or Grand Forks Friends, please contact Debbie with the media information above.

About Grand Forks Public Friends

The Grand Forks Public Friends (formerly the Friends of the Grand Forks Public Library) are a group of community members that help to expand, enhance and promote the offerings of the library. The Friends raise funds that are used to supplement the library budget for programming, staff enrichment and other activities that engage people who value the library.