Friends of Libraries Section Newsletters

Friends News and Notes is the quarterly newsletter of the newly formed Friends of Libraries Section (FLS).  FLS replaces the Empire Friends Roundtable as of the NYLA Annual Membership Meeting on November 6, 2014.  

Newsletters will be published in December, March, June, and September.
Newsletters
 are mailed to voting members of FLS/NYLA.  Electronic copies are emailed to non-voting FLS members, distributed to library system directors to share with their constituents, and posted on this FLS web page.

Friends News and Notes, FLS Newsletter Current Issue

March 2018 (volume 4, # 2)

March 2018 (volume 4, # 2) Contents

  • Our First Webinar: A Success!
  • Please Vote in the FLS Elections
  • A Message from FLS President Rebecca Fuss
  • Friends Get Together to Watch Webinar
  • Friends Day at the New York Library Association Annual Conference: Making a Difference…Together
         Friday, November 9, 2018 Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY
  • Friends Day Schedule at a Glance
  • "Making a Difference…Together" – the 2018 NYLA Annual Conference Programs Presented by the Friends of Libraries Section
  • 2018 FLS Executive Board Election Candidate Profiles
  • An FLS "Shout-Out"
  • National Friends of Libraries Week October 21 - 27, 2018 -- New York State Senate Honors Friends
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information
  • Ads - Please support our advertisers!

Friends News and Notes, FLS Newsletter Archives

March 2018 (volume 4, # 2)

March 2018 (volume 4, # 2) Contents

  • Friends of Libraries Section to Host Webinar
  • Apply Now for the FLS Dewey Fellowship Award
  • FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Call for Nominations
  • A Message from FLS President Rebecca Fuss
  • FLS Workshop Helps Libraries Start Friends Groups
  • Great Ideas from Friends Webpages
  • Need Younger Volunteers?
  • Meet Another FLS Board Member
  • Presenting the 2017 FLS Daniel W. Casey Award
  • Book Club Resources
  • One-Piece Friends Marketing Mailer
  • Regional Workshops Yield Results
  • FLS Executive Board Working for You!
  • FLS Tribute Honor Roll
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information
  • Ads - Please support our advertisers!

December 2017 (volume 4, # 1)

December 2017 (volume 4, # 1) Contents

  • FLS Created Adventures for the Choosing! Recapping the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference
  • How Did You Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week?
  • A Message from FLS President Rebecca Fuss
  • Regional Workshops Were a Great Success!
  • Friends and Fund-Raisers
  • FLS Created Adventures for the Choosing! Recapping the NYLA 2017 Annual Conference
        Friends & Trustees Building Community When Disaster Strikes
         Community Fund-Raisers
         Back from the Brink
         Best Practices of Friends Boards
         Leadership Success with a Team Approach
  • An FLS Shout-Out!
  • More Murals at the Arnett Branch Library: Gifts from Our Dear Friends
  • New York Library Association Friends of Libraries Section Annual Report to the Membership
  • With Gratitude to “Best Friends”
  • Tributes and Ads
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

September 2017 (volume 3, # 4)

September 2017 (volume 3, # 4) Contents

  • FLS Announces 2017 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Recipient
  • Friends Day Schedule at a Glance
  • Frienducation - A Message from FLS President Janet Kreason
  • Friends Day at the New York Library Association Annual Conference: Choose Your Own Adventure Friday, November 10, 2017
  • What's a Trade Show Anyway?
  • Meet the Recently Elected FLS Board Members
  • A Literary Feast
  • 25 Years of Continuing Education
  • Help for Exempt Organizations
  • Good Ideas from All Over
  • Pop-up Boutique
  • Leading to Reading
  • Way to Go... Awesome Fund-raisers!
  • Sustainability and Friends of the Library
  • Tributes and Ads
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

June 2017 (volume 3, # 3)

June 2017 (volume 3, # 3) Contents

  • FLS Meet-Up in Clifton Park
  • Please Vote in the FLS Elections
  • Friends from the Start - A Message from FLS President Janet Kreason
  • Friends Day at the New York Library Association Annual Conference: Choose Your Own Adventure Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Friends Day Schedule at a Glance
  • “Choose Your Own Adventure” The 2017 NYLA Annual Conference Friends of Libraries Section Programs
  • FLS Offers CE Workshop, Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • FLS Executive Board 2017 Election Candidate Profiles
  • Shout Out to new FLS members
  • National Friends of Libraries Week October 15 - 21, 2017 -- New York State Senate Honors Friends
  • 2017 NFOLW Proclamation Order Form
  • Tributes and Ads
  • The FLS Executive Board invites YOU to join us
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

March 2017 (volume 3, # 2)

March 2017 (volume 3, # 2) Contents

  • Another First for FLS - CE Workshop: Fiduciary Practices for Nonprofit Organizations
  • FLS 2017 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Call for Nominations
  • Variations on a Theme of Friendship - A Message From FLS President Janet Kreason
  • Celebrate Volunteers Every Day!
  • Successful Inaugural Photography Contest
  • Standing Up and Speaking Out - Friends and Advocacy
  • From the Newsletter Archives - Empire Friends: Why Were We Born…Why Are We Living…
  • Sales Tax and Book Sales
  • Liability Exposure for Friends Groups - 
  • "Keep It Growing" workshop at the Victor Farmington Library
  • A New Generation of Volunteers by Lisa C. Wemett
  • Looking for a Fund-raising Idea?: Grab ‘Em As They Drive By!! Chicken BBQ; and Loose Change?
  • Friendly Faces in Your Community
  • FLS Election Process
  • Third Annual Meet-up with FLS Board - Save the date - May 15th!
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

December 2016 (volume 3, # 1)

December 2016 (volume 3, # 1) Contents

  • FLS Presents 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
  • FLS 2016 NYLA Annual Conference Recap / Friends Grow Friends Online
  • Doorways - A Message From FLS President Janet Kreason
  • FLS Year Two, In Review
  • FLS 2016 NYLA Annual Conference Recap / Book Sale Bonanza!
  • FLS 2016 NYLA Annual Conference Recap / FLS Annual Membership Meeting and Friends Showcase 
  • FLS 2016 NYLA Annual Conference Recap / Friends of Academic Libraries
  • Honoring 25th Anniversary With a Friends Group Membership Drive
  • Regional Workshops Roundup
  • FLS Tribute Fund Honor Roll
  • National Friends of Libraries Week
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

Sept 2016 (volume 2, # 4)

Sept 2016 (volume 2, # 4) Contents

  • The First FLS Dewey Fellowship Award
  • New York Library Association 2016 Annual Conference Strong. Strategic. Sustainable.
  • A Letter from the FLS President
  • Second Annual FLS Meet-Up
  • FLS at the 2016 NYLA Annual Conference
  • Friends of Libraries Section 2016 Election Results
  • Library Friends Issue of JLAMS
  • Friends of Libraries Section Announces 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Recipient
  • Friends Give Back
  • FLS Tribute Honor Roll
  • National Friends of Libraries Week October 16 - 22, 2016
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

June 2016 (volume 2, # 3)

June 2016 (volume 2, # 3) Contents

  • Successful Workshop in Plattsburgh
  • Please Vote in the Upcoming FLS Elections
  • A Letter from the FLS President, Sarah Sachs: What My Friends Group Did This Week
  • Literary Landmark™ Update:Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum Turns 100!
  • Friends Day at the New York Library Association Annual Conference:“Strong. Strategic. Sustainable.” Friday, November 4, 2016
  • “Strong. Strategic. Sustainable.” The 2016 NYLA Annual Conference Friends of Libraries Section Programs
  • Friends of Libraries Section of NYLA 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Call for Nominations
  • An FLS Membership Snapshot
  • FLS Executive Board 2016 Election Candidate Profiles
  • National Friends of Libraries Week October 16 - 22, 2016; New York State Senate Honors Friends
  • Success in Albany!
  • Good Ideas From All Over
  • FLS Tribute Fund Honor Roll
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

March 2016 (volume 2, # 2)

March 2016 (volume 2, # 2) Contents

  • New Workshop Offerings from FLS
  • FLS 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Call for Nominations
  • A Letter from the FLS President, Sarah Sachs
  • Canton Free Library Opens New Tool Library (Reprinted with permission from the Watertown Daily News)
  • Candidates Sought for FLS Election
  • Strong. Strategic. Sustainable., The 2016 NYLA Annual Conference
  • Friends and Festivals: A Great Combination!
  • Get Set for National Friends of Libraries Week October 16-22, 2016
  • FLS Introduces Tribute Fund
  • Impact of Volunteerism
  • Soup-er Bowl Winner! -- Philly Cheese Steak Soup
  • Bridging the Gap with a Salute to our Staff
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

December 2015 (volume 2, # 1)

December 2015 (volume 2, # 1) Contents

  • Randall Enos Receives Title of President Emeritus
  • FLS Announces Dewey Fellowship Award Apply Now!
  • A Letter from the FLS President, Sarah Sachs
  • Successful First Year!
  • “NYLA125: Explore. Learn. Grow.” Conference Recap
    • Painting in Plein Air
    • Friends and Foundations: A Merger*
    • FLS Annual Membership Meeting and Friends Showcase
    • Accounting for Nonprofits
    • A Few Conference Notes:
  • Hudson Friends Host 4th Annual Photo Exhibit
  • Friends of Poughkeepsie Public Library Open Bookstore
  • Order your FLS T-shirt now! 
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

* This FLS article has been reprinted in The Voice for America's Libraries, the publication of ALA's United for Libraries.
Click here for a PDF file of the newsletter. The reprinted article is on page 7.

September 2015 (volume 1, # 4)

September 2015 (volume 1, # 4) Contents

  • The 2015 FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Goes to...
  • New York Library Association Annual Conference NYLA 125, 1890-2015 Explore. Learn. Grow.
  • Fresh Vision: A Message from FLS President Lisa C. Wemett
  • The Social Library
  • Consultant Hours in Lake Placid
  • Friends of Libraries Section Election Results
  • A Community Celebration
  • Literary Landmark™ for Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Hot Topic: Nonprofit Revitalization Act
  • Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week with FLS at the NYLA Annual Conference!!
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

June 2015 (volume 1, # 3)

June 2015 (volume 1, # 3) Contents

  • FLS Elections Included in NYLA Annual Election Process
  • FLS Offers "Meet-up" for Friends of Libraries Groups in Southern Tier
  • Passionate Workers and Learners, a message about sharing ideas from FLS President Lisa C. Wemett
  • Free Courses on WebJunction
  • Friends Day at the New York Library Association Annual Conference: “NYLA125: Explore. Learn. Grow.”
       Friday, October 24, 2015, Conference Center at Lake Placid
  • Special Events and Friends of Libraries Section Programs
  • Literary Landmarks in Honor of NYLA's Anniversary
  • National Friends of Libraries Week October 18-24, 2015 New York State Senate Honors Friends
  • FLS Executive Board Election Candidate Profiles
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

March 2015 (volume 1, # 2)

March 2015 (volume 1, # 2) Contents

  • National Friends of Libraries Week Not Too Soon to Start Planning
  • FLS 2015 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award Call for Nominations
  • Let’s Sit Down and Talk, a message about lines of communication from FLS President Lisa C. Wemett
  • Hot Topic: Taxes
  • From Our Regional Reporters; MHLS Friends Support Group Meeting
  • From Our Regional Reporters; Golf Tournament Benefits Two Friends Groups!
  • Good Ideas from All Over
  • Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Library
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

December 2014 (volume 1, # 1)

December 2014 (volume 1, # 1) Contents

  • NYLA's Newest Section
  • 2014 Dan Casey Award Presented, Building Preservation Committee of the Aurora Free Library
  • Making Our Voices Heard, a message about advocacy from FLS President Lisa C. Wemett
  • Letter From the Editor, a note from previous newsletter editor Susan Swanton
  • FLS Programs Open Minds at Fall Conference, conference recap
  • Unique Annual Meeting for Empire Friends Roundtable and Friends of Libraries Section
  • Historic EFR Board Meeting in Delmar
  • FLS Executive Board Contact Information

Empire Friends Roundtable Newsletter Archives

News and Notes from the Library Friends Roundtable of the New York Library Association
The Empire Friends Roundtable published three newsletters annually for 19 years (winter, spring, and fall). Archive copies of the last year, 2014, may be found below.

In general, each issue included a message from the EFR President, contact information for the members of the EFR Executive Board, and an EFR membership form.  A semi-regular column, “Good Ideas from All Over,” highlighted projects and events that Friends groups could consider implementing for their library.  In the “Contents” lists below, these regular features are not itemized.

Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Contents (Issue No. 57) The final EFR newsletter!

  • 2014 Dan Casey Award Recipient Announced
  • NYLA Annual Conference "Open Libraries, Open Minds" Friends Day
  • Chocolate Lovers' Delight
  • National Friends of Libraries Week
  • Public Library Centennial Celebrations Abound!
  • Empire Friends: the Next Chapter
  • Welcome PLRT!
  • What's So Scary About a Memorandum of Understanding?
  • National Friends Resources
  • EFR Goes to the Fair!
  • Literary Landmarks Update
  • Applying for Tax-Exempt Status Just Got Easier

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Contents (Issue No. 56)

  • Annual Reports: Tell Your Story
  • Call for nominations for the 2014 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award
  • Planning for National Friends of Libraries Week (October 19-25, 2014)
  • Pioneer Library System’s Friends and Foundations Roundtable
  • EFR at NYLA’s Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs
  • Empire Friends Day Programs for November 7: Schedule and descriptions
  • Programs co-sponsored with the Library Trustees Association, November 8
  • Library Trustees Association
  • Rush Public Library’s “Downton After Dark” event
  • EFR’s contest for a new name

Winter 2014

Winter 2014 Contents (Issue No. 55)

  • EFR to Become a Section of NYLA
  • 2013 Casey Award Recipient Janet Dempsey, Friends of Cornwell Public  Library
  • EFR Programs in Niagara Falls: Wrap-up Report
  • Monroe County Library System’s Friends Council
  • Friends of the Pittsford Community Library at the Antiquarian Book Fair in  Rochester
  • Restarting the Friends of the Avon Free Library
  • Literary Landmarks™ promote our literary heritage
  • Online Resources for Friends: state and national web sites (descriptions  and links)
  • Friends celebrate community milestones and library anniversaries
  • Bridging the Gap with a Salute to our Staff