Friends of Libraries Section Events

FLS Events: Current

FLS Sponsored Meet-up

     FLS Meet-up for Friends of the Library Groups to be Held in Rensselaer County

The Friends of Libraries Section invites representatives of Friends of Libraries groups, library staff, and trustees to talk shop with its Executive Board members when they meet in East Greenbush on Friday, August 2.

The meet-up will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061. It will offer a chance for representatives of local Friends of Libraries that support public, academic, school, and special libraries to get together and discuss topics of interest, such as fund-raising ideas, book sales, advocacy, membership, energizing volunteers, and programs and services that the Friends offer to their community.

FLS Board members will serve as mentors and moderators for this informal discussion, sharing advice from their experience with Friends organizations from all across New York State. Any pearls of wisdom gathered will be shared in the FLS quarterly newsletter, Friends News and Notes. This will be a great opportunity for Friends from your library to meet with other Friends, exchange ideas, and make new contacts, all within a short distance from your home! Groups may wish to bring copies of membership brochures, program fliers, promotional pieces for their bookstore or book sales, and newsletters to share.

There is no charge to attend. Advanced registration is required; no walk-ins, please. Please respond to Terry Mulee ( by Wednesday, July 24 with the following information: names of those attending, Friends group/library affiliation, position (e.g., Friends officer, trustee, committee chair), and e-mail addresses for all who plan to participate. Let us know what discussion topics are of interest to you.

Thank you to our hosts, the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library! We look forward to seeing you on August 2 and sharing great ideas. You can never have too many Friends!

FLS Sponsored Webinar

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

Save the date for another exciting webinar from FLS! Connecting With Today's Volunteers to Transform the Friends of the Library: Expectations, Engagement, and Impact, will be offered on Wednesday, September 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. 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.

Carla Lehn, former Library Programs Consultant for the California State Library and author of From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement (Libraries Unlimited, 2018), will be sharing innovative approaches that are reshaping other nonprofits such as online volunteer recruitment sites and virtual volunteers working remotely on library projects. See how these changes can have an impact and help the Friends succeed in their mission.

Before joining the California State Library staff, Carla was a private consultant on volunteer engagement, board development, and community collaboration. She also worked at United Way for over a decade. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to 1) identify current trends that require a shift in traditional volunteer management practices; 2) inventory their organization'sneeds that can be met by the expertise and skills of new volunteers; 3) design effective job descriptions establishing explicit expectations of training, investment of time, and clearly delineated tasks; and 4) prepare an achievable recruitment plan to locate skilled volunteers to meet the organization's needs. registrations are also available ($75 member rate /$99 nonmember rate). Interested participants may choose to join NYLA prior to registering for the webinar to receive the NYLA member rate. However, at the time of registration, a NYLA member may not add FLS to their existing membership in order to attend the webinar at no cost.  Registration is closed 48 hours prior to the start time of the webinar.

Registration is through the NYLA Online Membership Center and a credit card is required for payment. Checks and purchase orders are not accepted.  Registration details will be posted beginning August 14 on NYLA's website and at > Events.

Click here to go to the NYLA webinar page. After August 13th, the registration link will be live.
Click here for a PDF flyer of the webinar details.

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

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 regisatration information specific to Friends.

FLS Events: Archive

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

Host an FLS Regional Workshop

Click here for information on hosting an FLS workshop.

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