FLS:  Friends of Libraries Section

The newest section in NYLA

NYLA 2015 Annual Conference, Lake Placid, October 22 - 24.

FLS Programs will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct 23 and 24.
Join with other FLS members for the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct 21 at 5:00. Send us an email  (FLS.NYLA@yahoo.com) if you'd like to participate! 

Click here for information on FLS programs at Lake Placid or here for overall conference information.

Click here to learn more about the Morristown Public Library and their Plein Air Festival which is featured in one of our programs on Friday. Clicking this link will open a new page in your browser and take you to the Morristown Public Library's website.

The libraries being featured in the Friends Showcase  (Friday afternoon immediately after the FLS Annual Membership Meeting) are Saranac Lake Free Library, Potsdam Public Library and Plattsburgh Public Library.  Fun fact:  A Book Sale How-To Guide: More Money, Less Stress was written when Joanne Dumas was a member of the Friends of the Potsdam Public Library. She has since retired. Pat Ditzler and she are sisters. Clicking this link will open a new window and take you to Amazon.com.

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


You may now choose Friends of Libraries Section as your primary section when you join or renew your NYLA membership.

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

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.

Here's a baker’s dozen of great reasons why you or your Friends group should join the Friends of Libraries Section:

1.  receive EFR's newsletter (three times a year) that celebrates Friends achievements in libraries large and small and reports on EFR activities*

2.  get the support you need to continue the development of your Friends group and its vital work and stay informed about other Friends’ activities and achievements in New York and across the country*

3.  add your voice and support to advocacy activities by EFR and NYLA to keep our state and national elected representatives informed on issues that affect libraries of all types and library personnel*

4.  expand your knowledge of libraries by networking with like-minded colleagues and volunteers from around the state, underscoring your belief in libraries and their importance in our society*

5.  become a member (with full benefits) of the New York Library Association, the voice of the library community in New York State

6.  enjoy a reduced individual membership rate to join NYLA (Friends, Trustees and Library Retirees dues are lower than regular NYLA membership rates)

7.  save with a greatly reduced organizational membership rate to join NYLA (Friends group dues are lower than any not-for-profit organization, institution, university, library, or library system that joins NYLA)

8.  new benefit for EFR organizational members:  register your Friends Group Elected Officers as non-voting members of NYLA to give them access to many NYLA benefits*

9.  access the NYLA bi-monthly electronic "e-Bulletin" to stay up-to-date on issues affecting libraries in our state*

10.  get a reduced registration rate for NYLA’s Annual Conference and trade show to attend programs designed just for Friends members or go to sessions on all aspects of library and information services*

11.  receive the weekly "News You Can Use" delivered directly to your e-mail inbox with media alerts about other libraries in the news, job postings, and continuing education opportunities*

12.  have access to NYLA as a clearinghouse for education and not-for-profit regulations and laws governing libraries, along with sample policies and procedures useful to your library and group such as by-laws and volunteer job descriptions*

13.  get weekly e-mail updates and timely tips on funding opportunities with free access to Grant Station's database of government, foundation, and corporate grants*

* included benefit for non-voting member


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

Updated November 10, 2014