Friends of the Library

Volunteer closes book on 49 years at school library

When Annette Olney first began volunteering in the library at Manchester Memorial Elementary School, Dwight D. Eisenhower was still in office and Mickey Mantle was playing center field for the Yankees.
Now, after teaching three generations of children the joys of literature, the reading and library tutor is retiring, ending a 49-year stint that has made her a fixture at the school.

''She is the matriarch for the school, the grandmother type," said kindergarten teacher Wendy Manninen.
The Boston Globe has more.

Palo Alto City Council Rejects Friends Offer of $100K

As per the recommendation of Library Director Paula Simpson, the city council of Palo Alto, CA rejected a directed donation of the Friends of the Library by a 5 to 4 vote margin. The Friends had hoped the city would use the $100,000 to purchase a modular building to maintain public space in the city's Downtown Library while the Children's Library temporarily closes for renovation next year, but Simpson sees other priorities.

There seems to be an issue regarding which branches are the most utilized and which branches have the most supportive FOL groups. Story here .

Library champion to move in protest

Anonymous Patron writes "Just how devoted to your library are your Friends? Diane Davis has you beat. MercuryNews.com Reports [lisnews@gmail.com, lisnews1] that she sold the four-bedroom Milpitas home that she lived in for 15 years for $850,000 this week to protest because her city council didn't unanimously support spending money on its library.
Davis herself knows a thing or two about their value: She's president of the Friends of the Milpitas Library and a Milpitas library advisory commissioner.

Out of nine cities in the Santa Clara County library system, the Milpitas was the only one whose council did not unanimously endorse two recent measures to support library funding."

The Battle: The Dealers V. The Friends of the Library

As libraries need their Friends (FOL organizations) evermore desperately, a battle brews between two bookloving types: on the one hand, the angelic "Friends of the Library" and on the other, the evil "Book Dealers."

Here's some lively discussion on the
Amazon boards
about the question of the ethics of booksellers volunteering for Friends book sales and shops.

Thanks to FOLUSA for the heads up.

The Sentinel Online : Local News

Here's a neat little piece from the Carlisle Sentinel - Carlisle,PA on Kathleen "Kay" Rodney who was honored by Cumberland County officials Monday for her volunteer work in the Service to Adult Readers program. Kathleen "Kay" Rodney delivered for 16 years regardless of rain, sleet or snow.

Unlike some mail, however, her deliveries were welcomed at places like Chapel Pointe and One West Penn. From 1988 to 2004, Rodney lugged 7.4 tons of books to homebound readers as a volunteer for the Service To Adult Readers (STAR) program.

Friends Make A Rare Discovery

In among the dozens of hard and paperback books donated for the library's fund-raising book sale, the Friends of the Batavia (IL) Library found an autographed first-edition copy of Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' . After a bit of research on the value, they auctioned it off for a tidy sum, $6,500, which they're now debating on how to spend for the library.

The auction (a total of 45 seconds long)was conducted by PBA Associates of San Francisco, who will keep a percentage of the profits. They want to spend this "chunk" of money on one large purchase for the library...here's the story on their find.

Books Overdue? Pitch In To Build That New Library

Library Director Juanita Hazelton of Van Alstyne (just south of Sherman) TX has offered overdue borrowers a reprieve on paying late fees...they just have to contribute to construction of the new library instead through a gift to the Friends of the Library (and that's tax deductible). And if their contribution is $35.00 or more, their names will be listed on a leaf of a donor tree.

The $220,000 library building project has been on-going for five years, when the planning and fundraising stages began. Half a decade and $125,000 later, the library extension has four new walls, a roof, windows and all but one doorway. More from the Herald Democrat .

Everyone's a friend of the library

A Neat Story out of California on the Fortuna Library. Just a good out-reach article.
"There is something about having a book in your hand, being able to turn back a few pages and check some information. You can't do that very easily with a computer. Plus, you can't take a computer to the beach, you can't sit in your bathtub and read from a computer screen, you can't take a computer to bed and read."

Small New Hampshire FOL Wins Award and Grant

A small New Hampshire community on the Maine border, Effingham, is the big winner of $10,000 in the 2004 FOLUSA/HarperCollins Publishers Award, donated annually in honor of author Barbara Kingsolver. During the past two years, volunteers have been raising funds to increase the library's hours, staff, circulation and community profile. Prior to that time, the library was only open 4 hours a week and had no full-time librarian; now it is open 22 hours a week and has a two person staff.

Here's more about this industrious (and fortunate) group of friends: FOLUSA.

Library Friends groups put politicians are alert

Northeast Philadelphia News reports the Friends of Fox Chase Library fighting for their local libraries.
Instead of librarians, which are professionals with a four year college degree and a master's degree in library service, the 20 half-day branches will be manned by a number of librarian assistants, who are not trained to find books.
"I don't think it's a very good idea," Behrend said. "We don't get paid to be a librarian. You're never compensated for it and the responsibility of running a branch is very big."
Therefore, "if you have a reference question, if it can't be answered by a library assistant, you will be directed to a full-service branch or given a number to call," Huntzberry said.
Which, to the Friends of Fox Chase, is ridiculous. "Communities all over should be up in arms," Handelman said.

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