‘Friends’ Of VVC Library Support Student Success

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – Victor Valley College’s Friends of the Library program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, recently received a $1,000 donation from the VVC Associated Student Body.

Friends of the Library is a non-profit subsidiary under the VVC Foundation that allows special funding for events and items not generally covered within the library’s general budget. ASB’s recent donation, for instance, will help with the installation of a water filtration and bottle-filling station in the library lobby.

“The ASB’s donation will be used towards installing a ‘hydration station’ that will directly benefit students,” said Library Department Chair Leslie Huiner. “The library is open 65 hours a week, on evenings and weekends, and students will be able to easily access good drinking water.”

Established in August of 1994, VVC’s Friends of the Library program is connected to the national organization, Friends of the Libraries U.S.A., which is part of the American Library Association. In 1996, VVC was given a national Academic Library Friends award from Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

Fran Elgin, a volunteer emeritus of the library, was part of the team who established the program at VVC.

“It brought people together — a lot of people met here, including some lifelong friends,” Elgin said. “And it has helped finance whatever our budget doesn’t allow.”

Elgin maintains the Local History Collection in the library. This collection, which includes books, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, photographs and more of the

High Desert region is available to students and the community by appointment.

In addition to serving as the only academic library in the region, the library teaches information literacy to all VVC students as a graduation requirement for the associate degree.

“Transfer students and those going into careers need to know how to find, evaluate, and think critically about research,” Huiner said. “Research skills will help students write better papers and be more successful in college.”

The library also hosts events, such as a celebration held last year for the 100th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. One hundred copies of the book were hidden around campus and a costume party and trivia contest were held in the library.

Friends of the Library provides an opportunity for members of the community to contribute to these events and services. Past donations have provided the addition of permanent art pieces and maintenance of plants in the library. “These have allowed us to maintain a friendly environment conducive to student learning,” Huiner said. She added that the library also welcomes students with resources like the group study rooms and comfortable couches with built-in charging ports.

One of the next needs that library staff hopes to fill through donations is the addition of a bike rack outside of the building.

“That’s another thing we really need. Students now have to leave their bikes unattended in the lobby,” Huiner said. “Our focus for funding is always ‘How can we help students be more successful?’”

Through a donation of $12 a year, community members may join the Friends of the Library and are able to borrow library materials. Members must be 18 years or older and reside in the college service area. Special donors can purchase a plaque in the library’s lobby for a donation of $100 to $1,000. Visit http://library.vvc.edu/support/friends for more information or call 760-245-4271 ext. 2321.

ABOUT THE VVCCD:

The Victor Valley Community College District (VVCCD) is one of 72 community college districts within the California Community College system, the largest educational system in the world, which encompasses 115 community colleges. The VVCCD has for 58 years provided its communities and students with quality and affordable career training, certificates, associate’s degrees, and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges or universities through Victor Valley College (VVC. For additional information on the VVCCD, please contact Robert A. Sewell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 760-245-4271, Ext. 2395 or by email at robert.sewell@vvc.edu.

Simone Graham – Editor High Desert Gazette

 

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