Library’s ‘Friends’ group to welcome new members

Puyallup Public LibraryMarch 26, 2014 

Eric Carle is probably best known for his book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” You know the book — the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats his way through various pieces of fruit until he is full. He wraps himself in a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly.

It’s a very simple story, one of the lifecycle of a small insect brought alive with a unique design element: die-cut pages that represent all of the food the caterpillar eats on the way to his ultimate destiny.

The book is like a close friend to anyone who experienced it as a child, and who perhaps asked to have it read out loud again and again and again.

Carle’s latest book is called “Friends.” It explores a simple but very real conceit: Inspired by a real-life friend, Carle tells the story about a boy whose best friend moves away and how he searches to find her. Together, they run, they play, they dance and tell each other secrets, and when she moves, the boy misses her and determines he must find her, wherever she is.

Having a true friend is something very precious and something to cherish.

For many of us, certain books have taken on a role of beloved friends. However, we also need other people — friends who have our backs, who look out for us and for whom we would do the same.

Thankfully, the Puyallup Public Library has those sorts of friends. They’ve become the truest friends you could ever wish for.

You may have noticed our used book store as you come into the foyer of the library. It’s run by our Friends group, and the proceeds from the sales fund all of the programs the library offers. That includes our Summer Reading programs, our participation in Pierce County Reads, our innovative teen programs and our adult author programs, like J.A. Jance.

The library spends no public dollars on programming. Everything comes from the Friends.

To sustain library programs into the future, we need your support and need you to become a Friend.

The Friends board meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the board room in the library lobby. Their annual meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 28 and will feature musician Tony Davidson-Gomez.

Please consider joining the Friends group. An individual membership is $10.

Tim Wadham is the director of the Puyallup Public Library. He can be reached by email at

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