Friends of the Library

New Kids Books for Connecticut Library

County Times GOSHEN, CT—The Goshen Public Library has received a grant from the Libri Foundation of Eugene, Ore., a nonprofit organization that donates new children’s books to small public libraries across the country through its Books to Children program.

The Libri Foundation has been serving public libraries for 18 years, and supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives, according to a press release from the library.

Library Director Barker Steinmayer said the foundation contacted the library because it had received a grant three years ago, and libraries are eligible for the grants every three years.

“When I approached the [Friends of the Library] to see if they were going to match the grant, they were excited about doing that, and we have a number of excellent nonfiction and fiction books that have been circulating,” said Ms. Barker Steinmayer.

According to the release, the library received 83 books worth more than $1,400. The library’s friends group contributed $300.

Raging Grannies for Reading

In Seattle a "gaggle" of "Raging Grannies" demonstrated their support for libraries today at the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The Seattle Times published this photo:
The Grannies held a bake sale to benefit the Friends of the Library, raising almost $80 in less than two hours.

Real Life Superhero supports libraries

Captain Black appears to be from Savannah, Georgia. He's expressing strong appreciation of and sympathy for library staff as we deal with the vagaries of public service. Urban libraries by default, have become de facto social service providers; counseling centers; shelters and regrettably, crime scenes.

Staff find themselves adding “security officer”; “guidance counselor” and sadly, “victim” to their job descriptions.

It's National Friends of Libraries Week!!

Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration! ALTAFF will coordinate the fifth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 17-23, 2010. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. More info here and here.

Have a friends group? Tell us about them.

"Best Friends Group in NJ" At the Library of the Chathams

CHATHAM, NJ — There is a group of hardworking individuals behind the scenes at the Chatham library – and they aren’t bookworms. The Friends of the Library raise money for books and programs which the library could not provide with the money received from Chatham Borough and Township.

The Library of the Chathams would not be the same place without the Friends of the Library. I sincerely believe we have the best Friends group in the entire state of New Jersey,” said Diane O’Brien, Director of the Library.

As state aid for libraries continues to shrink supplementary funds generated through groups such as Friends has become ever more critical. The Friends recently allocated funds for a cybercafé to be placed in the basement of the library. According to Friends Chairwoman Candice Booker, there is an increasing demand to meet the needs of those patrons looking for a job.

Get your friends *ON THE JOB*. At a time like this, friends of the library can be a tremendous help. For more info on Friends and how your library could start a friends group contact ALTAFF.

OK, New Jersey-ites, who wants to challenge the Chathams friends in a competition for 'best friends group in NJ'?

Because we all could use a morale boost...

Just a reminder we are loved by someone, somewhere. A six year old sent in her allowance as a donation to the Seattle Public Library. The link has a copy of the letter.

(Source: SPL Friends of the Library Blog)

Amnesty for Overdue Books in Columbia SC

Nice idea. Patrons with overdue books are allowed to "forGIVE and forGET" during fine amnesty week at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia SC.

To receive a “Forgive and Forget” ticket, bring in a new or gently used book to donate to the Friends of RCPL along with your overdue items. Visit any of RCPL’s 11 locations and all fines and fees will be forgiven. For more than one library account to be forgiven, a different new or gently used book needs to be donated to the Friends of RCPL.

“The library is more important than ever to the health of our community,” said RCPL’s Executive Director Melanie Huggins. “And it’s important to us to welcome back customers and eliminate any barriers created by overdue materials and fines.”

RCPL offers this one-time only opportunity to help respond to the economic downturn and reduce further pressure for people who may have library fines or fees, and welcome them back to the library.
This effort is made possible by the Friends of RCPL.

Buy One Get One Free, and Help these California Libraries

The used-book store, at the Carlsbad (CA) Public Library’s Dove Lane branch, is a treasure trove for bibliophiles looking for bargains. Shelves are lined with donated books that include classics, recent best-sellers, romance novels, mysteries, biographies, cookbooks and guides to self-improvement.

All the money from sales goes toward funding children’s programs and new acquisitions at the library and the annual Carlsbad Reads Together program. The store makes $100,000 to $120,000 a year, said manager Taffy Cannon.

Sign on San Diego also has reports from the Friends of the Escondido Library and the Vista Library. Each of the three FOLs has a bookstore.

Does your library have an active FOL or a bookstore?

Young Potter Fan Raises Money for Hull Library

HULL, MA - Calliope Pina Parker is a sixth-grader who reads as many as 10 books a week and favors Harry Potter. She dresses as Potter characters for Halloween, plays Potter trivia with friends, and regularly revisits the series - all seven books and 4,167 pages.

Calliope is also an avid user of libraries, borrowing from across the region and frequenting branches throughout the South Shore on her way to and from school, ballet, and karate practice. So it came as a particular blow when budget cuts in Hull not only sheared the local library’s funding and hours but also cost the town its state certification last month.

“Now people from Hull can’t go to any other library,’’ said Calliope, whose card is no longer welcome at many other certified libraries.

Wanting to do something about it, the 11-year-old organized an all-day reading of the J.K. Rowling book that started it all, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’’ Yesterday’s readathon and bake sale, with wizardly cupcakes and “magic wand’’ frosted pretzel rods, raised awareness about the library’s circumstances and collected money for the nonprofit Friends of the Hull Public Library.


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