Advocating for libraries is a natural for the Stirling Road Branch. We have sent our branch manager to Tallahassee to advocate for libraries and have invited local politicians to serve as honorary members of our Board of Directors. Our honorary board members include State Representative Evan Jenne, County Commissioner Tim Ryan, County Commissioner Beam Furr, Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, and City Commissioner Dick Blattner. We have also taken a leading role in interfacing with the City of Hollywood during National Friends of the Library Week resulting in a Proclamation from the City of Hollywood recognizing the important work the Friends do. During the year, members of the Friends meet with our elected officials and discuss the need for public support and funding for our libraries. Such meetings have helped all of us learn more about the political process and how to advocate more effectively. Our relationships with our elected officials helped us secure library hours on Sundays to serve all members of our community.