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.

It's National Friends of Libraries Week!

Happy National Friends of Libraries Week. FLS is pleased to share the following information from United for Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association:
This week, Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country are celebrating the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 16-22, 2016).
Friends groups are celebrating by holding membership drives, book sales, special events, and officials are issuing proclamations to mark Friends of Libraries Week in their town or state. Libraries are also honoring their Friends groups and saying “thank you” for all they do for their libraries. Friends groups are being highlighted in local media to demonstrate their importance in the library and community.
United for Libraries encourages Friends groups who are celebrating to apply for the National Friends of Libraries Week awards. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during the celebration. Application materials are available at http://www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/friendsweek. Entries are due by Dec. 2, 2016.
United for Libraries will also be highlighting National Friends of Libraries Week activities in an upcoming newsletter – to submit your activities and photos, email them to united@ala.org.
Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available at http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/folweek include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more. Future National Friends of Libraries Week dates can also be found here. 

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