John Beecroft, elected President of the Friends of the Baxter County Library in September of this year, is pictured with JoBelle Zimmerman, as she officially hands him the gavel at the Friends of the Library Holiday Event last Wednesday. Zimmerman is a former Library staffer and a charter member of the Friends of the Library, which was established 33 years ago. She has served as president of the group for 15 years. Beecroft has been a Friends of the Library member for over 15 years. He is a retired school librarian and former book store owner. The Friends of the Baxter County Library support the Library with funds raised during their quarterly used book sales and annual live auction. They meet monthly at the Library September through May and present a variety of programs.