FLS:  Friends of Libraries Section

The newest section in NYLA

The mission of the Friends of Libraries Section
is to promote and inspire local Friends groups in libraries
of all types for the betterment of New York State's library community.

Advocacy Update!

 Get a recap of FY2016-17 NYS Budget - Library Aid on the FLS News page!

Upcoming FLS Workshops

Check out the FLS Events page for information on the following workshops:

Getting It Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for Your Library
sponsored by the Ramapo Catskill Library System
at the Newburgh Free Library, Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group
sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System
at the Mid-Hudson Library System Office, Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.

For News on the upcoming FLS Elections and the FLS Dewey Fellowship click here!

Submit your nomination for the 2016 FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award.

The Beginnings of FLS

The Friends of Libraries Section was formed at the Annual Membership Meeting of the New York Library Association on November 6, 2014.  A motion to approve a change in status from Roundtable to Section, which also included a name change from EFR to FLS, was put forth by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and seconded by Lisa C. Wemett.  It carried by a unanimous vote.

Lisa Wemett, Sarah Sachs, Chrissie Morrison, and Randy Enos 
hold up FLS signs right after the vote to change Empire Friends Roundtable
into Friends of Libraries Section at the November 6 NYLA Annual Membership Meeting

photo by Terry Mulee


The benefits of membership in the FRIENDS of Libraries Section:

Friends News and Notes quarterly newsletter

Reduced NYLA membership rates for Friends and Friends groups

Inspiration for new ideas, projects, and activities to promote your Friends group and your      library

Engage in advocacy for libraries locally and statewide

Network with Friends groups across the state

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award and the FLS Dewey Fellowship

Special registration rates for the NYLA Annual Conference


Please consider selecting FLS as your primary section when you join NYLA or renew your NYLA membership.  
It's the Friendly thing to do.  Click 
here for the FLS Membership brochure.

To contact Friends of Libraries Section please send an email to FLS.NYLA@yahoo.com

Please check back regularly as FLS transitions all of its materials to reflect being a section instead of a roundtable.

Updated March 3, 2016