The DeFuniak Springs Friends of the Library will celebrate 10 years of consistent service to the DeFuniak Library with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the library, 3 Circle Drive.

The open house will include storytelling, dog readers, surprise characters, both human and animal, historical presentations, funny stories, costumed characters, games, prizes and refreshments.

In addition, there will be a ceremony recognizing two charter members who are still active today — Gladys Holley and Betty Adams. This presentation will take place on the stage of the amphitheatre at 2 p.m. as a part of the all-day festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary celebration of the Walton County Historical Museum.

DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell recently signed a proclamation in honor of the DFS Friends of the Library. The mayor, along with Dan Owens, library director and a few of the friends, met in the front of the library for the proclamation signing. The Friends appreciate the mayor’s support and that of the city and county.

“It is a privilege to serve our local library. Over the years, the Friends have provided tens of thousands of dollars in new books, computers, hardware, furniture, construction material for shelving, and office supplies,” said Anita Harris, group president. “In addition, we underwrite the excellent summer reading program which the library provides for local children.”

Started by a small group of dedicated supporters, led by Jane Wright, in the spring of 2003, the Friends of the Library has remained small in numbers over the years but mighty in their ability to help meet needs at the library. Over the years, as governmental budgetary cuts have eroded the library’s financial base, the Friends have continued to provide resources through their very popular used book sales and through the generous contributions of local patrons.

“Without the support of our friends who are so faithful to attend our book sales, we couldn’t do what we do,” Harris added. “This open house is really our way of thanking the entire community and we hope they will drop by to celebrate with us.”