To the Editor,
I was delighted to read about the accomplishments of Michael Fay in the Minden Times editorial of Wednesday, June 10. A complete list of Michael’s endeavours would have taken an entire issue of the paper, but I do want to highlight one that was not mentioned. Around the year 2000, Michael and a small but dedicated group of people, representatives from all eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library met and agreed to work towards developing a constitution for Friends of the Library. This group started off as an advocacy group, with some fundraising on the side. The Friends were incorporated in 2004 and have evolved to be an integral fundraising body that has supported much needed enhancements to all the library branches.
years The Friends have understood the inequities created by the digital
divide and have focused much of their attention on the Community of
Making as well as e-books and downloadable audio. As Michael progressed
into ill health and was no longer able to read traditional books, he
relied on downloadable audio from the library for his sanity and
entertainment, much of which had been funded by the group he started.
Michael Fay was the initial Friends group’s guiding light. He led us through all of the ramifications of establishing our first constitution. He was also our first president and always supportive of our goals. He was a passionate cheerleader for the library system as a whole and was always positive and encouraging about what could be accomplished for the betterment of the system and the community.
President of the Friends of the
Haliburton County Public Library