Felton Library Friends (FLF) formed in May 2005 after residents of the San Lorenzo Valley successfully fought a proposed closing of the Felton branch library. In the years between its formation and the passage of Measure S funding for the construction of a new Felton branch library in June 2016, FLF members advocated for improved library services for Felton and surrounding communities in a variety of ways: political activism, fundraising and events, participation in library governance and committees, and efforts to build community awareness.
FLF members have played crucial roles in protecting the current branch from additional closure attempts, in creating the design of a new Felton branch, in promoting the acquisition of land for the new library, in shaping public opinion throughout the County regarding the importance of branch libraries, and in helping pass both Measure S and the earlier Measure R, which in 2008 made permanent an existing but temporary sales tax measure for library operations. The work of Felton Library Friends is now shifting from advocacy to building a community organization that will support the needs of the new branch and outdoor space now and into the future. Using past and current community input, FLF members are working with the Library Director Susan Nemitz, County officials, Architect Teall Messer, and others on features of the new library facility and on both riparian restoration and plans for the adjacent “Nature Explore” outdoor area.
A detailed history of FLF activities will be available later in 2017.