FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Libraries) was founded 1989 in response to a local funding crisis that caused 10 libraries in Shasta County to close.
FOIL worked directly with Shasta County to save the Burney Branch Library. The result was that FOIL agreed to raise significant funds every year to support the operations of the Library. FOIL kept this promise to their community until Shasta County was once again able to fully fund the Library in 2006. From 1989 to June 2006, FOIL sent almost $140,000 to Shasta County in support of Burney Library’s operations. If not for FOIL during those challenging 25 years, the Burney Library would have been just another boarded-up building. Instead, it functioned as a center for the community providing invaluable public space, resources and programs for nearly 9,000 area residents in the Intermountain region including Montgomery Creek, Round Mountain, Hat Creek, Oak Run, Old Station, Bieber, Lookout, Big Valley, Fall River Mills, and McArthur.
FOIL continues to raise funds to supplement the Burney Library budget for book acquisition and other resource needs.
Membership in FOIL helps support the local library.
There are many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer.
Friends Main Street Books is open one day a week. Volunteers assist with sorting, pricing, stocking and selling books. In addition there will be periodic special events that will need to be set up, manned and taken down.
Contingent on acquisition of a new library site volunteers will be needed to help set up shelves, move and stock books and other help as needed.