Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Friends Groups Need Not Be Affiliated in Hawaii

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 08:37

There’s trouble in paradise… Hawaii is seeing controversy from an unlikely source: Friends of the Library organizations.

Over a year ago, State Librarian Richard Burns informed local Friends groups that they must become affiliates of the statewide Friends of the Library organization (also referred to as FLH or the “Big” Friends) or they would no longer be allowed to raise funds on state property, according to the Hawaii Reporter.

It Pays ($100K+!) To Have Friends

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 17:14


ROCHESTER, MI — The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library recently gave the library $105,000 in funds raised throughout 2011.

“We were very pleased with the amount we raised this year,” said Friends President Kathy Dorn. “It’s the first time in recent history that we’ve gone over $100,000. I want to say we did $85,000 last year.”

Not All "Books For Charity" Go To Charity

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 00:25

For-profit book recycler behind popular donation program sells many of the books received.

Full story at

Excerpt from story: The bins worry Cady because he helps run Prescott Library's used bookshop. It raises thousands of dollars for library programs by selling donated books. Like many Friends of Library groups around the country, Cady worries the bins are siphoning off donations that normally would come to them.

In Escondido, It's All Over But The Booksale

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 12:17

Here's the President of the Escondido (CA) Friends of the Library showing what's left from their closed branch library.

Former patrons of the closed East Valley Branch Library in Escondido will have a last chance to pick a best-seller off the shelf this weekend when the city holds a sale to clear all books from the building.

The Uni Project

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Sun, 07/31/2011 - 08:43

The Uni is a portable, open-air reading room that will launch in New York City, Fall, 2011. ( The reading room will bring books and learning experiences to street-level space within parks, plazas, and even vacant lots. Husband and wife Sam Davol and Leslie Davol are the team behind the project, and the Uni is based on the Storefront Library, which they created in Boston's Chinatown in 2009-2010. Sam is also the cellist for the band The Magnetic Fields. Within one week of launching a fundraising drive on, the Uni was 50% of the way to its funding goal. The drive ends August 15 (

The Uni is a portable infrastructure based on a system of cubes, and the books inside those cubes are just the start. Like traditional libraries, the Uni will also provide a venue for readings, talks, workshops, and screenings, through partnerships with local organizations and institutions. The lightweight infrastructure can be installed in various configurations at different scales, and it can transform available space into places of community use, learning, and public engagement.

The design is by Höweler + Yoon Architects, with Prof. J. Meejin Yoon of MIT. The fabrication team is J. Meejin Yoon, David Costanza, and Alexander Marshall. Fabrication is underway at MIT.

East Texas Librarian Robbed at Gunpoint

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 12:22

For a jar that contained less than $100.00 --

DAINGERFIELD, TX (KLTV) : An East Texas woman was robbed at gun point in the Daingerfield Public Library just after 9:00 am Monday morning. Police have arrested a a 19 year-old on an aggravated robbery charge.

The suspect entered the library shortly after it opened and requested to use a computer. Earlene Walton was working and agreed to sign him in and get him all situated, since he did not have a library card.

True Friends (and True Crime) at the Pasadena Public Library

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 20:29

The LA Times Jacket Copy reports: It took two 10-foot U-Haul trucks packed to the ceiling to carry Tom McGuinn's collection of mystery novels away. McGuinn's inventory, amassed over more than 40 years, has been given by his widow to the nonprofit Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. On Saturday the organization will be selling those books in a massive mystery book sale to benefit the library's programs.

Agoura Hills CA Library Library Bookshop a Winner

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 02/17/2011 - 11:37

The Book Cellar, a nonprofit used bookstore in the basement of the Agoura Hills Library, is a hidden treasure trove that raises funds for the library and donates books to schools, prisons and even other nations.

Cozy and filled to the brim, the Book Cellar once again claimed a spot in L.A. Weekly’s Best of L.A. In the weekly’s 2010 “Best of” edition, the Cellar was named the “Best Excuse to Buy ‘Crime and Punishment.’” The Cellar won the publication’s “ Best Literary Mine” in the 2008 “ Best of L.A.” edition.