FLS: Friends of Libraries Section


Visit the FLS 30th Anniversary Celebration page!

June 2022 - The NYLA Voice feature article about FLS

Want some cake??

Will you be in Saratoga Springs this year for NYLA’s Annual Conference? Stop by the Dutcher Community Room on the main floor of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, for a piece of cake – our thank you to all our supporters! 

FLS President Emeritus Randy Enos will be cutting the anniversary cake after the FLS-sponsored program Field Trip to a Friends-Operated Bookstore and just before the FLS Executive Board Meeting. Join us for all three events at the Saratoga Springs Public Library!

Our Mission

FLS creates a network to connect and inspire Friends groups
in all types of libraries to support the New York library community.

FLS Commitment to Diversity

The Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) of the New York Library Association embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion in all their forms.
Download the FLS Commitment to Diversity.

FLS Introductory Video

FLS video

Watch our video! Click the thumbnail. (This will take you to a YouTube page in a new tab.)

FLS Current News and Events

2022 NYLA Annual Conference, November 2-5, 2022, Saratoga Springs City Center

FLS will continue its tradition of offering excellent programming throughout this year's conference as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Visit us at the Trade Show in booth 41. Complete a quick survey to be entered in a drawing for one of four $10 Amazon Gift Cards. Have a question about Friends of the Library Groups? We'll try to answer it for you, or point you to helpful resources. FLS members, pick up your ribbon and member gift. Stop by and see us! Click here for the FLS August 2022 (Volume 8 #3) Newsletter including a full rundown of FLS offerings at the conference.

Consider adding FLS to your existing NYLA membership if you aren't already a Section member. Click here for step-by-step instructions on adding FLS to your NYLA membership! Thanks in advance for your support!

Hope to see you in Saratoga Springs - and don't forget about the cake!

Call to Meeting - FLS 2022 Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) of the New York Library Association will be held virtually, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm via Zoom. Read the full Call to Meeting.
Review the minutes from the 2021 FLS Annual Membership Meeting here - in preparation for this year's meeting, scheduled for November 16 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Be on the lookout for the call to meeting.

National Friends of Libraries Week, October 16-22, 2022

National Friends of Libraries Week (NFOLW) is an annual event each October. Thanks to United for Libraries, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, an affiliate of the American Library Association, Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration. Read more here.

Customize a Press Release for National Friends of Libraries Week and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FLS!

Follow along with the Friends of the Florida (New York) Public Library on Facebook for #FLS30 Anniversary Celebration posts!! (This page will open in a new tab.)

Read the latest FLS Newsletter

November 2022 (Volume 9 #1) FLS Annual Report to the Membership

October 2022 (Volume 8 #4) FLS 30th Anniversary Issue

FLS Webinar - Partners in Planning

Thursday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.
This overview, presented by author and planning specialist Joy L. Fuller, will focus on methods in the Strategic Planning Process for Public Libraries as it applies to one of the key partners, Friends of the Library.

Read more on the FLS Events page.

Click here to register (the page for the webinar will be coming soon).

FLS Connections! Community Outreach

Presented on September 15, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
In this conversation via Zoom, Amy Discenza, MCLS Outreach Coordinator, talked about Friends and innovative projects that meet unique needs in the community.
The follow-up notes from this conversation will be posted soon.

For more information go to the FLS Events page.

NEW! FLS presents


Resources for Friends Groups Supporting Small and Rural Libraries

In a survey of Friends groups serving small and rural libraries in New York State which was conducted by FLS/NYLA in early 2021, challenges were identified in the areas of Membership (including Active Participation and Volunteer Engagement), Leadership, Diversity, Fundraising, and the Purpose and Mission of Friends organizations.

The members of the FLS Task Force on Friends and Rural Libraries developed potential suggestions and best practices with an emphasis on Friends groups that support small and rural libraries.

FLS executive board members Lynne Madden and Lisa C. Wemett will speak at the Small Libraries Summer Symposium at the Pioneer Library System - a one-day conference empowering small libraries to improve operations, form partnerships, and meet the changing needs of their communities - in July.

Their presentation, Beyond Younger Volunteers: Helping Friends Groups Survive and Thrive, addresses the distinct challenges to Friends groups that support rural and small libraries and introduces the new resource page developed by the FLS Task Force on Friends and Rural Libraries.See the Resource Page here!  If you receive an error message when using this link, please email FLS.nyla@yahoo.com

FLS 2021 Annual Membership Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the FLS Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021. The meeting included recognition of the 2021 recipients of the FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship and the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award and the installation of the 2021-22 Executive Board, including our auxiliary volunteers.

Following the business portion, Karen Ash, Chair of the Friends of the Angelica Free Library, shared Friends on Facebook: Five Ways Social Media Can Help You Meet your Goals. It was a very informative talk. Thank you Karen for sharing your expertise and highlighting the success of your group in their efforts to support the library.

Read the FLS 2021 Annual Report to the Membership.

View Friends on Facebook: Five Ways Social Media Can Help You Meet your Goals  PowerPoint   


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Outgoing FLS President Karen Sperrazza (left) passes the gavel to Incoming FLS President Kerstin Cruger (right)

FLS 30th Anniversary Celebration - #FLS30

FLS 30th Anniversary Celebration page

June 2022 - The NYLA Voice feature article about FLS

30 Years of Connecting and Inspiring Friends: A Closer Look at the Friends of Libraries Section (FLS/NYLA)

By Lisa C. Wemett, First Vice President of the Friends of Libraries Section and the FLS Coordinator for Professional Development

NYLA Council Recognizes FLS with a Resolution

Read it in its entirety here.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Council of the New York Library Association recognize the Friends of Libraries Section for 30 years of persistent effort in fulfilling their mission to create a network to connect and inspire Friends groups in all types of libraries to support the New York library community.
FURTHERMORE, we implore our colleagues throughout the State to observe this anniversary year with appropriate activities and recognitions of their local Friends of the Library organizations, in order to raise awareness and appreciation of volunteer support of libraries.

Archival photo - The FLS Presidents



Left to right: Randy Enos, President Emeritus; Lisa C. Wemett, President #1, #5, and #6; Sarah Sachs, President #2; Janet Kreason, President #3; and Rebecca Fuss, President #4 (November 10, 2017)


EFR Newsletters



Number 1, April 1993 - the first Friends Roundtable newsletter

20th Anniversary History of EFR:
# 49 Winter 2012  part 1
# 50 Spring 2012  part 2
# 51 Fall 2012  part 3

# 57 Summer 2014 - the final EFR newsletter

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.  

You may add Sections or Round Tables to your existing NYLA memberships.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on adding FLS to your NYLA membership! Thanks in advance for your support!
Click here for the "NYLA - Friends Group Volunteer Leader Registration Form" to be submitted as part of a Friends Group Organizational Membership.

Benefits of Membership in FLS

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

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

Section History

Click here for FLS History