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Help A Friend Find Key Dates in Library History

I'm passing along a request I read on my discussion board for Friends of the Library USA...John Gear writes to FOLUSA :

I'm with the Friends of Lansing Libraries (Lansing, MI).
We're considering underwriting with our local NPR affiliate in return for acknowledgments. We can't afford their regular rotation schedules, so I thought that maybe we could get some extra mileage out of fewer spots by placing them on key dates in library history, such as the day that Franklin's library was founded in Philadelphia, etc. etc. etc.

Problem is, I'm having a hard time finding such a list. Does anyone have one or know of a good pointer to where I might find such a thing?

Thanks,
John Gear

FOLUSA Essay Contest, "How Libraries Transform Communities"

Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) informs us, "There's still time to tell us how "Libraries Transform Communities" for a chance to win $1,000 for your library! Entries are due January 2, 2007. Get the word out to your members and patrons today!" Contest rules here..., the first one being "no purchase necessary!"

Drug Tests for Library Volunteers...What's the Deal?

From Gainesville.com (FL), a report on how some devoted library friends and volunteers, many between the ages of 60 and 85, are turned off by new drug testing requirements. Opinions are offered and invited at the Impromptu Librarian Blog.

Books Need a Good Home...and Good Friends

Bookmans (used books and media) in Tucson and other AZ locations have 80,000 popular fiction titles in their warehouse -- more than they can sell. They are willing to donate these books to a Friends group (or, perhaps, more than one), and perhaps even share the cost of shipping. If your Friends group would be interested in these books, please contact Sheila at 520-881-1744 x112 or email her at [email protected].

The Library Store...An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Raising money is getting tougher and tougher for libraries...here's a feel-good story about how the Columbus (GA) Library has added to its coffers through a generous donation by a local couple, some good planning by administrators and the tireless work of volunteers. The Library Store has just celebrated its first anniversary.

"We are grateful to the public for their donations and support," said retired educator Alice Budge, who heads Friends of Libraries here, and who works part-time in the store. She and her husband, former Ledger-Enquirer Publisher John Greenman, made a donation to the Muscogee County Library Foundation to establish the store in the new public library off Macon Road.

Every Bookworm For Himself @ the FOL Sale

Eugene, OR is having its 28th annual Friends of the Library Booksale, and like most large FOL sales, it's a hectic business at best, a battleground at worst.

Register Guard describes the tension mounting as the opening moment approaches: "See the buyers, some who'd waited all night, clutching empty cardboard boxes, plastic bins, duffel bags and rolling suitcases, waiting eagerly as the minutes tick closer to the appointed hour. Watch as the doors open at 8:55 a.m., and the book lovers and dealers come rushing in, running to the book-laden tables, as a volunteer yells, unheeded, "Don't run! Don't run! Don't run!"

Step aside as buyers swarm the neatly stacked books, grabbing handfuls without checking titles, shoving them into boxes, then skidding them along the smooth concrete floor to designated holding areas. Then doing it all over again."

It's a huge amount of work for the Friends, sometimes resulting in a significant profit for the library, sometimes not. Used book dealers are usually welcome, though are often looked at with a jaundiced eye.

Do 'Texas Caviar' and 'Buffalo on a Stick' Sound Good? Buy the Cookbook

If you live in the vicinity of Gurnee, IL, or even if you don't, you're in for a taste treat...the Friends of the Warren-Newport Library have published a cookbook of their favorites, and are selling it as a fundraiser for their library. Another entree is 'elephant stew'...hmm, sounds mysterious.

Here's the story , and here's the friends website (they plan on selling the book in their gift shop) should you want to prepare some of these delicious dishes yourself!!

Bentonville Friends Have a Booksale

The Read It Again Bookstore in Bentonville, AR, is the library's own second-hand bookstore. Their booksale sold a ton of books in preparation for their move to another location.

Ask LISNews: Booksales are great for fundraising, but why do so many Friends organizations only charge $.50 for books when many new books cost well over $20 these days? What do you think of the pricing?

Vista Friends Bookstore Helps Pay the Bills

If you're looking for a bargain book in Vista California, the Encore Bookstore in the library is the place to go. Prices lower than dirt, and all sales benefit the library. Story here from Sign-On San Diego.

ed. note: if your library doesn't have a used bookstore, it should. Used books and other book-related merchandise are the wave of the present/future for helping libraries stay financially healthy...

Mystery Meat on the Menu @ the Wetumpka, AL Library

Here's an idea for having fun and raising money for your library...the Friends of the Wetumpka Library, Wetumpka, AL, is hosting a luncheon featuring 21 mystery authors called Murder on the Menu: A Moveable Feast of Authors, on February 5. More details and a list of authors at the library's website .

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