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 “Meet-up” for Friends of Libraries Groups in Central New York

The Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association (FLS/NYLA) invites representatives of Friends of Libraries groups to “talk shop” with its Executive Board members when they meet in Marcellus (Onondaga County) on Monday, August 15.
Click here for additional information.

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