This Week in JPL History: Friends of the Jewish Public Library

Letters were sent to the new Friends of the Library, thanking them for their support

To be a Friend of the Jewish Public Library is to be an ambassador of the Library. While this ambassadorship does not give you diplomatic immunity, it does have its own set of perks, such as free tickets to events, invitation to Friends only receptions, free movie rental and no late fees.

It has now been 24 years since the Friends category of membership first began. During the winter of 1990, a number of letters were sent out to members thanking them for joining the then fledging category. The initial gathering to announce the launch of this new membership category occurred at the home of Norma and Jack Cummings, who were long and stalwart supporters of the Jewish Public Library, in addition to many other philanthropic causes. The Cummings’ home would see many more gatherings of the Friends of the JPL, with Norma and Jack graciously hosting the annual e Jewish Public Library Friends Keynote Cocktail Reception for many years.

The funds garnered through the initial campaign were used to support the operating budget of the Library, specifically book acquisitions. To this day, Friends memberships are a key component of the operating budget of the Library. Our Friends are instrumental in helping the Library foster literacy and cultural growth in our community.

Friends are more than just members of the Library, they are some of our staunchest supporters. The Archives has benefited through the generosity of a number of our Friends. With their ongoing support, the JPL-A is better able not only to preserve the history of the Montreal Jewish Community, but also to make that history accessible.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund. Peter and Ellen Jacobs have been Friends of the JPL for over 15 years.

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