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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.

Best Friends Awards

Is the friends group at your library doing a top-notch job of publicizing their meetings and events and recruiting new members? If so, they might want to enter the ALTAFF Best Friends Awards.

ALTAFF is the organization formerly known as Prince FOLUSA and is now the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (have we left anyone out?). I must say, I kind of miss the quaintness of the old FOLUSA website now that it's part of ALA.

The ALTAFF Best Friends Awards recognize Friends around the country for their print and electronic materials that promote the group and its special programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate the type or scope of Friends programs, rather the printed materials that promote programs and special projects coordinated by the Friends.

Submissions are due April 1, 2010, and here's the entry form.

Friends of a Friend's Group

I need your help.

A few months back, after an exchange of emails with Steve Lawson following his fundraiser for the Louisville Free Public Library, I was trying to think of a way to help libraries in general. I am hoping that what I am going to propose right now will do just that.

Friend of a Friend’s Group is a wiki set up to collect information and resources for everything dealing with a “friends of the library” group. From starting a friend’s group to fundraising and advocacy, I’m hoping to harness the combined knowledge and expertise of the library community for this important purpose.

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Beaverton library volunteer spends 90th birthday among the books

Washington County News: BEAVERTON -- Phyllis Davis spent her 90th birthday at the library.

No surprise.

After all, she's been working or volunteering there for 65 years.

"I can't think of any place else, really, what else I would be doing," Davis said Monday, taking a break from her job putting the finishing touches on books before they hit the Beaverton City Library shelves. "It just seems to suit my abilities, my interests."

A day later, in a backroom celebration with co-workers and city dignitaries, she opened a card. Ninety. She couldn't believe it.

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A Life of Dedication to the Library

After sixty-two years of service, and now as head of the Newark NJ Public Library’s Special Collections Division, Bill Dane has amassed one of the finest public collections of prints in the country, including works by Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso, Miró, and Warhol. But today, he is curating his own departure.

The 86-year-old Dane is retiring, and his final act as Keeper of the Prints — a title he appropriated himself and snuck past a civil service clerk by insisting he had passed the (nonexistent) exam — is to give the biennial John Cotton Dana lecture at the library tonight.

"It’s a good time for the institution and for me, because things in this particular division are very positive," Dane said. "It seems to be just a fine time to pursue other things, like perhaps going to back to school and traveling a bit more. Cleaning house."

Dane wanted to slip out the door after a cup of coffee with his colleagues but, said Patricia Bender, president of the Friends of the Library, "We wanted one more opportunity to celebrate the phenomenon that is Bill Dane." NJ.com reports.

Highwood mayor dismisses nearly entire library board

All but one member of Highwood’s (IL) library board were greeted at their doors by police officers with dismissal notices last week. The one remaining trustee and treasurer, William Koch, was asked to stay on, but resigned on Sunday.

Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro said he is assembling a new board to bring a more modern tone to the library, but released trustees see the mass dismissal as the city’s backlash for their prior complaints.

In a city council meeting scheduled for Oct. 27, the council will have determined whether to veto the nearly full-board dismissal or appoint a new board.

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Library kicks off ‘Friendraiser’ campaign

During the month of October, the Friends of the Otsego County Library are encouraging community members to show their support for the library by joining or renewing membership.

Applications for membership are available at the public libraries in Gaylord, Johannesburg and Vanderbilt and on the library’s Web site.

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You've Got Friends in Fargo ND

The Friends of the Fargo Public Library, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund library projects, operates a bookstore on the first floor of the downtown Fargo library.

The 259-square-foot bookstore, adjacent to the main stairway leading to the second floor, has scheduled a grand opening on Saturday.

“It’s a work in progress, but we’re happy it’s there,” Mary Kerbaugh, president of the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, said of the bookstore.

The new 54,000-square-foot downtown library opened this spring. It has twice as much space as the old library it replaced.

Incorporating a small bookstore into the new library was part of the planning process for the building, said Tim Dirks, library director.

The little book store @ the Redondo Beach Library

Mary Simun did not enjoy reading as a child. But in college, she discovered her love of reading, and hasn't stopped yet.

To make up for lost time, Simun spends her Friday afternoons volunteering at the Friends of the Redondo Beach Public Library store. Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that supports libraries nationwide. The Redondo Beach chapter was established in 1985 to provide resources not covered in the city budget. Diane Chillington, the personnel coordinator of this chapter, said the Redondo Beach library has become slightly more dependent on the Friends since the economic downturn last year.

Does your library have FOL store? or a Friends group? Share news of how they've helped your library...

Obama Calls on Libraries to Promote United We Serve

Libraries across the country are encouraged to take part in United We Serve, a national campaign launched by President Obama to get more Americans involved in community volunteerism this summer.

Full story at School Library Journal.

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