Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) Update
Submitted by Sarah Sachs, FLS President
NYLA’s Friends of Libraries Section (FLS) held their workshop, “Getting Started: Creating and Sustaining a Friends Group for Your Library,” on April 23, sponsored by the Friends of the Plattsburgh Public Library and presented by Lisa Wemett, Immediate Past President and Terry Mulee, Second Vice President of FLS.
Sixteen representatives from seven public libraries in two public library systems gathered to learn the key steps to develop a new Friends group: recruiting helpers for a steering committee, determining the Friends’ mission, expanding membership, and growing the leadership to sustain an active organization. The hosts, Friends President Pat Loughan and Treasurer Kim Bailey, brought the workshop to Plattsburgh with an eye toward revitalizing their group and involving more sustaining members as active participants in the organization. Others in attendance were looking for ideas for their fledgling groups or wanted assistance in starting a group for their community. Nearly 90% of the participants rated the workshop “outstanding.” One president of a well-established Friends group commented “Thank you sincerely for the wealth of knowledge and ideas!”
FLS is also happy to announce that State Senator Joseph Robach has sponsored a proclamation, read on the Senate floor on March 8, 2016, observing National Friends of Libraries Week, October 16-22, 2016 and honoring the work of Friends groups across New York State.