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.
Election Results Are In!
Click here to go to the FLS Elections page.
FLS Offers New York State Senate Proclamation for Celebration of NFLOW
Once again FLS is happy to announce that State Senator Joseph Robach has sponsored a proclamation, read on the Senate floor on March 8, 2016, observing National Friends of Libraries Week and honoring the work of Friends groups across New York State. A facsimile of the proclamation is available for purchase to display in your library during NFOLW, October 16 - 22, 2016. Details are in the June 2016 FLS Newsletter on page 7.
Making a Difference, One Workshop at a Time
FLS recently teamed up with the Ramapo Catskill and Mid-Hudson Library Systems to present two workshops back-to-back. “Getting Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for Your Library” was hosted at the Newburgh Free Library for 38 volunteers, trustees, and staff members on May 25. The MHLS system headquarters in Poughkeepsie was the site for “Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group” on May 26 which 34 people attended. Both workshops were held from 5 to 7 p.m. and members from both systems were encouraged to attend the sessions.
Click here for additional information.
NYLA 2016 Legislative Session Recap
Click here for a report by NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen.
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 July 1, 2016