FLS: Friends of Libraries Section

Our Mission

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.

Membership in FLS

Benefits of Membership in FLS

Please consider selecting FLS as your primary section when you join NYLA or renew your NYLA membership.  
It's the Friendly thing to do.  
here for a hard copy of an FLS Membership Form that includes registration for Elected Officers of a Friends Group Organizational Member.

FLS Current News and Events

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the FLS Executive Board.

Click here to see the newly elected members of the FLS Executive Board and read their candidate profiles. The elections results were certified at the August 2nd FLS Executive Board meeting.

FLS Sponsored Webinar

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

Carla Lehn, presenter

View the webinar and accompanying resource materials here. (Presentation date: September 25, 2019)
Scroll down the page to read the description and learning objectives, view the webinar, see the presenter's bio, and access handouts.
To receive 20% off the Carla Lehn's book, From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement, click here. Coupon expires October 31, 2019.

FLS Sponsored Workshop

Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library

The North Country Library System (NCLS) in Watertown invites you to a free workshop presented in cooperation with the Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association.

Learn the benefits of gathering community volunteers to assist with your library’s programs and services at Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library.  You’ll learn how to develop and organize a volunteer support group from the ground up.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
10 a.m. until 12 noon
Registration sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is required.  Information is posted under "Classes & Events" under the Education tab at https://web.ncls.org.  This link will open in a new tab and navigate away from nyla.org
Questions can be directed to Angela Newman, Youth Services Coordinator, at anewman@ncls.org

For additional information, click here.

FLS Sponsored Programs at the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference

November 13 - 16, 2019, 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

Click here for the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference page which includes a link to register or visit the FLS Events page for more information.

Read the latest FLS Newsletter:

September 2019 (Volume 5 # 4)

FLS-Sponsored Webinar

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.

2018 FLS Annual Report to the Membership

Read the Annual Report from the FLS Annual Membership Meeting held on November 9, 2018 in Rochester, NY

>2018 NYLA Annual Conference Program Resources

Follow this link to an archive of resources from programs offered at the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference. The archive is organized by the sponsoring NYLA unit. Scroll down the page to find FLS programs.
Find the Conference Promotional Brochure here or the complete On-Site Conference Program here.


Year Five for FLS

The Friends of Libraries Section had its most successful conference ever this year! The Section offered four different programs on Friday, Friends Day at the Conference, and a double session on Saturday.

Thanks to the support of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, FLS was able to host its first ever Friend-Raiser Luncheon. The sold out event kicked off with the Section's annual membership meeting. The agenda included the installation of the new Executive Board, the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Rebecca Fuss to incoming President Lisa C. Wemett, and the announcement of the Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award -- congratulations to Recipient Bonnie Shannon (Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library) and Honorable Mention presentation to Nancy Bauder (Geneva Library Foundation).

As evidenced in the PowerPoint presentation at the meeting along with the FLS 2018 Annual Report, FLS is well positioned to enter its fifth year. Membership is holding steady (and we’re hoping to increase our ranks in the coming year) and our finances are solid. We have members on our Executive Board from many regions of the state. And we are well on our way to completing many of the goals set forth in New Frontiers for Friends, the Long Range Plan through 2020.

pictured above, left; to right, Rebecca Fuss and Lisa C. Wemett

You may read the FLS Annual Report or the Long Range Plan.

Would you like to be more involved with FLS? Click here for our Active Member Form.  

The FLS Presidents

Left to right: Randy Enos, President Emeritus; Lisa Wemtt, President #1, Sarah Sachs, President #2, Janet Kreason, President #3, and Rebecca Fuss, President #4


The 2017 - 2018 FLS Executive Board

Front row, left to right: Terry Mulee, 2nd VP; Lynne Madden, Secretary; Marie Orlando, MAL; Vicki Kosovac, MAL; Sarah Sachs, Outgoing Past President; Pat Loughan, MAL
Back row; left to right: Rusty Wigg, MAL; Lisa Wemett, VP / President Elect; Janet Kreason, Immediate Past President; Rebecca Fuss, President; Jean Sheviak, NYLA Legislative Committee Representative; Amy Pass, NYLA Continuing Education Committee Representative
Not pictured: Randy Enos, President Emeritus; Terry Morris, MAL; Leslie Riley, MAL; Sue Swanton, MAL; Marie Bindeman, Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Coordinator; Joyce Laiosa, Casey Award Committee Reader; Kitty Bressington, FLS Dewey 2018 Dewey Fellowship Award Coordinator   (MAL = Member At Large)

Watch the First FLS Webinar!

Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
Originally offered on Tuesday, March 20, but now available in the NYLA Webinarary Archive
To view the webinar, click here.

2018 FLS Executive Board Election Slate: APPROVED

Read Candidate Profiles here.
The new Executive Board will be installed at the FLS Annual Membership during the Friend-Raiser Luncheon at the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference in Rochester in November.

Making a Difference, One Workshop at a Time

Since 2015, FLS has teamed up with library systems and Friends of the Library groups all around New York State to present two different workshops specifically for Friends.

“Getting Started: Creating and Supporting a Friends Group for Your Library” has been presented in Plattsburgh, Newburgh, Corning, and Cazenovia.  “Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group” has been well received in Poughkeepsie, Orchard Park, Watertown, and the Rochester area.

Check out the FLS Events page for additional information on upcoming workshops and to learn how to host these two-hour workshops in your area.

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

Section History

Click here for FLS History