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Friends of the Library Sections (FLS) Update

Submitted by Terry Mulee, FLS Communications Committee Representative

Keep it Growing

Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee presented the FLS “Keep It Growing” workshop at the Victor Farmington Library on Friday, January 27.  A strong turnout of Friends officers and volunteers, library directors, and trustees totaled 34 people in attendance representing 13 libraries from the Pioneer and Monroe County Library Systems.  Thanks to the Friends of the Victor Farmington Library for hosting and providing a generous breakfast of homemade goodies.  With a 94% return rate of evaluations, a solid 88% of the participants rated the overall training event “Outstanding.”

Here are some of the comments from the participants:

  1. Outstanding – a good use of my time.
  2. Got me thinking about things we are missing and things we can try!
  3. So many constructive ideas for us to “pick and choose” what will help our Friends group!
  4. A library trustee said “Thank you for all the resources you provided!  This will help us continue to learn more.”

The North County Library System (NCLS) will be hosting “Keep It Growing! Strengthening Your Friends of the Library Group” on Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. until noon.  Registration is open to any person wanting to learn more about revitalizing a Friends group, attracting new volunteers, and expanding the organization’s membership.  The free training will be held at the North Country Library System’s headquarters at 22072 County Road 190 in Watertown, with videoconferencing to two additional sites (Oswego Public Library and Potsdam Public Library).  Links to registration for the site of your choice are available on the NYLA Continuing Education Calendar under May 10: or under “Classes & Events” under Education at  Questions can be directed to Angela Newman, Youth Services & Outreach Consultant, at

Think – Pair – Share Activity Lisa C. Wemett