Friends of Libraries Section Events

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FLS Webinars
FLS Friends Group Meet-Ups
FLS Regional Workshops
Host an FLS Regional Workshop
FLS Programs at the NYLA Annual Conference, including links for Workshop Resources
Visit the FLS Publications page to view all of our newsletters.

FLS Sponsored Webinars

Connecting With Today's Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library:
Expectations, Engagement, and Impact

View the webinar and accompanying resource material here. (Presentation date: March 19, 2019)

Scroll down the page to read the description and learning objectives, view the webinar, see the presenter bios, and access handouts.

Volunteer service is a valuable strategy for community engagement, but traditional volunteer programs in libraries of all sizes need to be redesigned to work with today's volunteers -- many of whom have limited time to give and expect to have their expertise put to good use. Join us and learn how to engage and harness the power of skilled volunteers with talents ranging from graphic design and public relations to event planning and leadership.

Click here to receive 20% off the presenter's book From Library Volunteer toLibrary Advocate:Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement.

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Administrative Teams: A New Approach for Friends Leadership

View the webinar and accompanying resource material here. (Presentation date: March 19, 2019)

Scroll down the page to read the description and learning objectives, view the webinar, see the presenter bios, and access handouts.

Looking for an alternative to the traditional Friends of the Library leadership model?  Today’s volunteers need flexibility in their involvement in community organizations.  Coming from their work world, these volunteers want to provide input into how a task is completed, focusing on tangible results.  Officer positions in most Friends organizations have so many duties that they are full-time jobs.  It is unrealistic to recruit volunteers willing to devote the number of hours needed to provide careful oversight to such an important support group focused on the community library.

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Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards

View the webinar and accompanying resource material here. (Presentation date: March 20, 2018)
This was the first webinar sponsored by FLS.

Scroll down the page to read the description and learning objectives, view the webinar, see the presenter bios, and access handouts.

Regardless of the size of a Friends group, if the organization has achieved 501(c)(3) status, there are specific accountabilities the Friends officers must meet to keep the organization legally viable.  In this review of nonprofit boards’ legal and fiduciary duties, an attorney from the Pro Bono Partnership will explain ways to provide the best oversight possible for the organization, keeping Friends groups functioning effectively and using their charitable resources appropriately in support of their library.  Recent changes to the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 affect the day-to-day operations of the Friends, including transacting business by the Board, conflict of interest policies, and more.  Learn what documents should be kept in your board book, how technology can and cannot be used to conduct board business, and practical strategies for more effective meetings.

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FLS Friends Group Meet-Ups

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2015 - Vestal Public Library, May 28

FLS Hosts First Annual "Meet-up" for Friends of Libraries Groups

Friends representing libraries from Central NY and the Southern Tier gathered with the FLS Board for a very successful meet-up discussion of "all things Friends!" 

standing left to right
Judy Strauss, Jordan Bramley Library (Jordan NY)
Audrey Kearney, Marcellus Free Library
Paulette Quinn, Marcellus Free Library
Virginia Okrasinski, Cady Library (Nichols NY)

seated L-R
Anne Andrianos, Onondaga Free Library
Pauline Satterly, Groton Public Library

Ten representatives of Friends of the Library groups from eight public libraries in three public library systems gathered to talk with the members of the Friends of Libraries Section's Executive Board at the Vestal Public Library on May 28.  A total of 22 people brought varying levels of experience to the table where ideas were shared to help strengthen the work of Friends in libraries large and small.

Before the meeting, Friends suggested topics they were interested to discuss with the FLS Board and other Friends groups.  Representatives brought handouts from their libraries to share including membership brochures, fliers of regional meetings, bookstore and book sales promotional pieces, and newsletters.  One topic raised included suggestions of successful strategies to recruit volunteers who might become Friends officers and ways to broaden the involvement of rank-and-file members in Friends activities which could assist in developing leadership for the group.

Book sales are always a perennial interest of Friends, but the meet-up honed in on new and exciting ideas for publicity which ranged from successes using banners and lawn signs to social media.  NYLA's Administrative Support Services for Friends of Libraries Groups was described as an alternative to groups applying for their own 501(c)(3) status.  Questions were raised about ways the groups who support association libraries could operate with separate financial accounts from their libraries if they did not have nonprofit status.

National Friends of Libraries Week in October was mentioned as a way to highlight the "good works" of Friends.  Friends' support of advocacy efforts on behalf of the library, such as reminder telephone calls for budget votes, is important to all groups.  Large scale book sales are a tangible way to involve the community and get the library's message out to library supporters who are willing to volunteer their assistance for the sales.

The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of NYS was referred to in the context of Friends groups needing to review their bylaws, being aware of new restrictions on handling business electronically between scheduled meetings, and adopting necessary policies (e.g., Conflict of Interest).  The FLS Board shared the plans for workshops on "Friends Day" at the library association's annual conference in Lake Placid in October, encouraged submissions for the FLS Dan Casey Advocacy Award, and explained the benefits of personal and organizational memberships in the New York Library Association.

The meet-up was a lively exchange of "best practices" and tips to keep Friends groups growing strong to continue their valuable work.  If you are interested to have the assistance of the FLS Board in holding a meet-up in your area of New York State, please contact FLS President Lisa Wemett at lisawemett@frontiernet.net.  We'd be glad to help.

Thanks to all of you who came to share and learn.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Finger Lakes Library System
Apalachin Library Association - Janet Thomas
Cady Library, Nichols - Virginia Okrasinski
Groton Public Library - Pauline Satterly

Four County Library System
Broome County Public Library - Linda Foody
Vestal Public Library - Jim Holley

Onondaga County Public Library
Jordan Bramley Free Library - Judy Strauss
Marcellus Free Library - Paulette Quinn, Audrey Kearney
Onondaga Free Library - Anne Andrianos 

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FLS Sponsored Workshops

No regional workshops are scheduled at this time.

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Host an FLS Regional Workshop

FLS has developed two in-person workshops that Friends organizations, libraries, or library systems can sponsor in their region.

Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library
Is your library thinking about starting a Friends of the Library group and you are unsure where to begin? Does your system want to encourage member libraries to establish Friends groups to expand their advocacy base? Learn the benefits of gathering community volunteers to support your library’s programs and services. We’ll utilize a checklist to develop your group: recruiting helpers for a steering committee, determining the Friends’ mission, expanding membership, and growing the leadership to maintain an active organization.

Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group
Continuing to develop your library’s Friends group is vital to sustaining the organization
long-term. Get tips on membership recruitment and volunteer engagement. Networking within your community and constantly sharing your message will revitalize your core supporters and help to maintain the group’s crucial advocacy work for the library.

The workshops can be hosted by an individual library, Friends of the library group, or library system that is a member of NYLA and FLS. Sessions can be co-hosted with a regional Friends support group.

Each workshop is two-hours long and includes the presentation, a question and answer segment, and sharing among the participants.

Click here for detailed information on hosting an FLS workshop.

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FLS Programs at the NYLA Annual Conference

2019 NYLA Annual Conference
November 13 - 16, Saratoge Springs, NY

FLS will be offering a half-day Continuing Education Workshop on Wednesday, November 13 from 1:30 - 4:30.
Achieving Success for the Friends through Strategic Planning

FLS has a full line-up of programs on topics relevant to Friends of the Library Groups on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16

Friday, November 15
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Friends of Libraries Section's Executive Board Meeting
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Fund-raising Without Book Sales
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Sustainable Thinking for Friends
3:45 – 5 p.m. FLS Annual Meeting and Friendly Café Meet-Up

Saturday, November 16
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Tips for Engaging Friends as Partners

Click here for the three pages of the FLS June issue of Friends News and Notes with details on these offerings and registration information specific to Friends.

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2018 NYLA Annual Conference
November 7 - 10, Rochester, NY

Engage Your Community by Communicating Your Impact

Slide Notes

NYPL Press Release

SBA Press Release

Human Library Media Advisory

FFRPL Annual Appeal FINAL (Draft)

Fall Back Comedy Fest Press Release

FLS Annual Membership Meeting and FLS Friend-Raiser Luncheon: Let's Market Our Libraries

Luncheon - Marketing - Joy Testa Cinquino

FLS 2018 Annual Membership Meeting

FLS Annual Report 2017-2018

Agenda Annual Membership Meeting 2018

Friends, Directors, and Trustees Make a Difference Together

Working Together: Roles & Responsibilities Guidelines

A Primer on Friends Operating Agreements; Memorandum of Understanding

Guidelines for Expenditures of Funds

Fundraising Without Book Sales

Fund-Raising Irondequoit Friends

Fund-Raising Seymour

Fashion Show Handout

Trunk Treasures Handout

The Friendly Café Meet-Up

Agenda

Minutes

RCLS Friends Resources

Wall Art: Brought to You by the Friends

Arnett Artwork

Arnett Slideshow Tehan

Plattsburgh Library Mural

Read the conference wrao-up in the December 2018 FLS newsletter.

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2017 NYLA Annual Conference
November 8 - 11, Saratoga Springs, NY

Choose Your Local Resources for Successful Fundraisers

Mining Local Resources for Long-term Success
Limericks by H.V.S.

Bringing Friends Back From the Brink

Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3

Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
This program was brought back as an FLS Webinar. View the webinar and accompanying resource material here

Friends & Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes

Handout

Friends Choose Their Own Leadership
This program was brought back as an FLS Webinar. View the webinar and accompanying resource material here.

Read the conference wrao-up in the December 2017 FLS newsletter.

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2016 NYLA Annual Conference
November 3 - 5, Saratoga Springs, NY

Friends Grow Friends Online

Friends of Libraries Showcase/Membership Meeting

Read the conference wrao-up in the December 2016 FLS newsletter.

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2015 NYLA Annual Conference
October 21 - 24, Lake Placid, NY

Painting in Plein Air

Friends and Foundations, A Merger

Accounting for Non Profits

Read the conference wrao-up in the December 2015 FLS newsletter.

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2014 NYLA Annual Conference
November 5 - 8, Saratoga Springs, NY

Highlights of our program offerings, including slide presentations and handouts here.

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FLS Events: Archive

Click here for an archive of FLS Events that includes links for resources from those programs.


Host an FLS Regional Workshop

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