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After more than a year of trying to get established as a non-profit the Friends of the Robert Trail Library has finally been accepted by the IRS as a 501c3.

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"The past year has been a lot of housekeeping things.... Now I think we are ready to really get going," said Jo Gilbertson, the group's president.

The significance of receiving the designation is that donations to the group can be claimed as tax deductible.

The Friends of the Robert Trail Library is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting the Robert Trail Library through volunteer, fundraising and enrichment efforts.

With the IRS approval the group hopes to start recruiting more members to help accomplish its mission. Currently, the Friends of the Robert Trail Library has 18 members.

Going forward the group hopes to get its name out into the public. Gilbertson said they will have a table at the library to encourage people to join. Additionally she said they will be at a number of the One Book One Rosemount events.

"We really expect to have a strong presence at several of the events," said Gilbertson.

The group's first annual meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16 in the community room at the library. Gilbertson said the group will elect board members and talk about future goals including a book sale that will support the group's ongoing efforts.

For more information on the Friends of the Robert Trail Library contact Gilbertson at jgilbertson@lightblast.net.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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