FLS:  Friends of Libraries Section

The newest section in NYLA

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.

Embarking on Year Four

The Friends of Libraries Section ushered in the next administration at its Annual Membership Meeting in Saratoga Springs during the 2017 NYLA Annual Conference on Friday, November 10. Outgoing President Janet Kreason passed the gavel to Rebecca Fuss who will lead the Section as President. She is the fourth person to hold this position.

It will be during her presidency that the Section will embark on its first Long Range Plan.  It is the guide for the next three years, continuing many of the initiatives already in place and looking to develop new projects and services for the Friends of Libraries across New York State.

You may read the FLS Long Range Plan here.

FLS is also pleased to announce that all of the Board positions and committee assignments are full at this time. But that doesn’t mean there is no more room for volunteers. An active member form is in the development phase and will be distributed as soon as it is approved by the board.

Please watch for updates about the work of the Friends of Libraries Section and the ways that you can become involved. The December newsletter will also be out soon. It has a complete wrap-up of the most ambitious line-up of programs to date for the Section with record attendance and high marks on evaluations; another very successful year! Special thanks to all of the presenters who made this possible. See the archive of presentation resources from the conference here.

pictured above, left; to right, Rebecca Fuss and Janet Kreason

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)

Attend the First FLS Webinar!

Best Practices for Management of Friends Boards
Tuesday, March 20
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
For complete details, click here.

Read the latest FLS Newsletter: 

December 2017 (volume 4, # 1)

Making a Difference, One Workshop at a Time

FLS recently teamed up with the Ramapo Catskill and Mid-Hudson Library Systems to present two workshops back-to-back.  “Getting Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for Your Library” was hosted at the Newburgh Free Library for 38 volunteers, trustees, and staff members on May 25.  The MHLS system headquarters in Poughkeepsie was the site for “Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group” on May 26 which 34 people attended.  Both workshops were held from 5 to 7 p.m. and members from both systems were encouraged to attend the sessions.
Click here for additional information.

The benefits of membership in the FRIENDS of Libraries Section:

Friends News and Notes quarterly newsletter

Reduced NYLA membership rates for Friends and Friends groups

Inspiration for new ideas, projects, and activities to promote your Friends group and your      library

Engage in advocacy for libraries locally and statewide

Network with Friends groups across the state

Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award and the FLS Dewey Fellowship

Special registration rates for the NYLA Annual Conference


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.

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

Section History

Passing of the Gavel

FLS held its Annual Membership Meeting on November 4, 2016 at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. The gavel has now been passed from Sarah Sachs, now Immediate Past President, to Janet Kreason, President.

Highlights of the meeting included approving the 2015 FLS Annual Membership Meeting Minutes (read them here), a recap of the year's FLS activities, and the installation of the 2016 - 2017 FLS Executive Board.

Stay tuned for additional highlights from the conference and be on the lookout for the December issue of News and Notes.

left; to right, Sarah Sachs and Janet Kreason


The Beginnings of FLS

The Friends of Libraries Section was formed at the Annual Membership Meeting of the New York Library Association on November 6, 2014.  A motion to approve a change in status from Roundtable to Section, which also included a name change from EFR to FLS, was put forth by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and seconded by Lisa C. Wemett.  It carried by a unanimous vote.

Lisa Wemett, Sarah Sachs, Chrissie Morrison, and Randy Enos 
hold up FLS signs right after the vote to change Empire Friends Roundtable
into Friends of Libraries Section at the November 6 NYLA Annual Membership Meeting

photo by Terry Mulee


NYLA 2016 Legislative Session Recap

Click here for a report by NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen.