A bill to authorize affiliates of the Friends of the Library and other nonprofit organizations to support state library branches was signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday, July 11. It allows local groups to direct their fundraising to their local library branch and not have it go to statewide use.
House Bill 1054 allows the organizations to use state library facilities for concessions, vending machines and other activities and to maintain their own accounts for the net proceeds under specified conditions. The bill also provides greater flexibility for individual groups of library supporters to assist their neighborhood branches.
"Our public libraries need all the help they can get, and this bill gives them the independence to go forward with projects that will raise more money for the individual branches," said Rep. Angus McKelvey, a strong supporter of the bill.