Tips on How to Start a Friends Group and Build Membership

20170428_104341smIt all starts with one member- YOU!

Loving the Library is an easy sell

Get the community involved

Meetings and events need to be fun and food helps!

Know the benefits of joining your group

  • Discounts
  • Early admission to book sale
  • Tote bags

Have a diverse board

Ask businesses to join

Be a dynamic group to attract members

Discover the talents or education or training of your members through surveys and talking to them.

Use the talents of your members

Use the FOGL and United for Libraries websites

Target library event attendees and businesses

Subscribe to other Friends Groups e-newsletters

Fundraising that works!

Sell merchandise

Own a day at your library -info on FOGL blog

Host a Murder Mystery Dinner

Silent Auctions

Summer Concert Series

New Member discounts

Invest in Certificates of Deposits

Post your sale on booksalefinder.com

Talk up your fundraiser

Sell books and other items online

Work with other groups and independent booksellers

Host contests (puzzles, art, coloring)

Organize a 5k or motorcycle ride

Have a restaurant spirit

Sell or raffle items donated from local businesses

Host a pancake breakfast with a local restaurant

Programs that you can join to bring in donations

Check out Kohl’s community service program

Amazon Smile

Kroger and Publix community programs

Georgia Give a Day

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Friends of the Decatur Library Annual Memorial Holiday Book Sale

book-saleSaturday — May 27, 2017, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. The Friends of the Decatur Library will host their annual Memorial Holiday book sale. The sale will be held on the lawn, in front of the Decatur Library. Proceeds provide funds for library materials; and children’s and adults programs. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Dealers must scan at tables. If it rains, no worries; the sale will be inside the library. Family fun for everyone. Admission is free! Remember — May 27, 2017, time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm, location: Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, and fun for everyone.

FOGL would like to thank the Friends of Decatur Library and the Decatur Public Library for hosting our Annual Meeting and Spring Workshop. FOGL is about Friends helping Friends. Contact us if your Friends group has a booksale or other event.

And don’t forget Friends of the Decatur Library Annual Memorial Holiday Book Sale on May 27th!

 

“While Reading” by Terry Kay

Click Here to Print a Copy of “While Reading”

While reading, I have been –
A cowboy (and an Indian) with Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour.
The confederate soldier with Joseph Pennell and Phillip Louis Williams
A pirate with Robert Louis Stevenson
An orphan with Charles Dickens
An eccentric with Flannery O’Connor
A dust bowl traveler with John Steinbeck.

While reading, I have been –
A whaler with Herman Melville
A golden-dreamer with Erskine Coldwell
A small-town barber with Wendell Berry
A runaway with mark Twain
An old-time gospel god James Weldon Johnson.

While reading, I have been –
A b-flat coronet player with William price fox
A battler of windmills with Miguel de Cervantes
An attendant in the House of Gentle Men with Kathy Hepinstall
A basketball player with Pat Conroy, a firefighter with Larry Brown, a defense attorney with John Grisham.

While reading, I have touched the oceans darkest depths and walked on planets in solar systems beyond our seeing.

While reading, I have climbed mountains lost in the clouds, and walked a different road with Robert frost and gazed at the little cat feet of fog with Carl Sandburg and danced to the language-music of Byron Herbert Reece and Edgar Allan Poe and David Bottoms.

While reading, I have flown the Atlantic with Charles Lindbergh and pierced the caul of space with john Glenn.

While reading, I have stood at Gettysburg with Lincoln and in Montgomery with Martin Luther King, Jr.

While reading, I have rejoiced with the still-living of Dachau on the day of liberation, and I have seen the unspeakable horror of Hiroshima on the day of killing.

While reading, I sat at the feet of Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Muhammad and Buddha, and all the other men of God, and all those who would kill God—the insane, the madman, bigoted, the fanatics.

While reading, I have been a boy and a man, girl and woman. I’ve been young and old. I have died and have been re-born.

While reading, I’ve become people I cannot be, doing things I cannot do. And I do not know of any other experience that could have given me such a life.

Terry Kay, Copyright, 2006
Revised for a reading at the Lagrange Public Library on April 14, 2016

Register for Spring Workshop — April 28th in Decatur

Spring WorkshopFOGL Spring Workshop  will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Decatur Public Library Auditorium in Decatur, GA.  The theme is “Building a Better Library” and will feature topics essential to any Friends group:

  • Friends Helping Friends — How to Start a Friends Group
    and/or Build Memberships
  • Organizational Help — Structuring Your Friends Group
    and Applying for  501C3 Status
  • Grants and Awards — Fundraising that Works! Build a Better Book Sale and other ideas
  • Love Your Library — How to Advocate for Your Library in Your Community and Beyond

The event will also feature special guests: authors Terry Kay  and Thomas Mullen.

 

Join United for Libraries for “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations”

Martha Hall Kelly, author of the bestselling "Lilac Girls"
Martha Hall Kelly

United for Libraries will host “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations sponsored by EBSCO” at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta on Fri., Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Augusta Room 1.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a FREE day of information and resource sharing, round-table discussions, and learning opportunities. Lunch with an Author will feature Martha Hall Kelly (right), author of the bestselling Lilac Girls (Penguin Random House). Learn more about the important role advocacy can play in systemic change with afternoon keynote Ann Cramer, board member of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In addition, Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) recently announced the appointment of Ann Cramer to serve as new chairwoman of its Board of Directors. The day will culminate with our popular round-table discussions.

The first 75 people to register for Nuts & Bolts using the online form and check-in at the program by 10 a.m. will receive a free lunch from EBSCO. Lunch tickets not claimed by 10 a.m. will be forfeited. Attendees will be notified of their status by Jan. 4, 2017. Those not qualifying for a free lunch may attend the program and purchase lunch on site or bring their own. Lunch tickets not claimed by 10 a.m. will be made available to those who were not among the first 75 registrants. Please note that all Nuts & Bolts attendees must also be registered with ALA for a free exhibits only pass or as a Midwinter Meeting attendee. Please email united@ala.org or call us at (312) 280-2161 with any questions.

Other free United for Libraries programs at the Midwinter Meeting include:

  • Discussion groups for Friends, Trustees, Foundations, and Academic Friends
  • Spotlight on Adult Literature, featuring free book giveaways and author signings
  • Are you a Proactive or Reactive Advocate? Best Practices from Academic and Public Library Supporters (discussion group, co-sponsored with RUSA)
  • Best Practices for Public Library Directors and Their Trustees for Making Future Policy Decisions Together! (presented as part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries)

For more about these programs, visit http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/midwinter.

For a full calendar of events, visit http://www.ala.org/united/sites/ala.org.united/files/content/events_conferences/midwinter/2017mwcalendar.pdf.

Need an End of the Year Tax Deduction? Do You Love Libraries?

Do you or your company need an end of the year tax deduction?  Do you love libraries and want to help Friends groups?  Then join FOGL to help Friends groups support Georgia libraries.

Join from our web page (http://georgia-friends.org/fogl-membership-form), today!

Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. keeps all personal information private and does not share members’ phone numbers, addresses, or e-mail addresses with third parties. Friends of Georgia Libraries is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization. Your donations are tax deductible. 

10 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in Georgia

Georgia Public Library Service is looking for the 10 most beautiful public libraries in Georgia. Nominations will be judged on the overall design of the building, both in form and function, and in its timelessness of style.  Nominated facilities must currently be in use as a public library in Georgia. Nominations will be accepted online through midnight December 31, 2016.  Please include the name of the library, street address, and up to 400 words explaining why this is the one of the most beautiful libraries in Georgia. Please send any supporting materials, including up to 3 pictures, to beautiful@georgialibraries.org.

The 10 most beautiful libraries will be announced in the spring of 2017.  Winners will receive a plaque and be honored at a reception and press conference to be held at one of the winning libraries. Each facility will also be prominently featured in printed and online materials promoting them as worthy stops for architectural-and literary-based tourism.

The panel of judges includes staff at GPLS and an architectural historian. GPLS encourages all to share this message with Friends and Trustees.

 

GPLS Library Awards Program

Nominations are now being accepted for the GPLS Library Awards program. These awards honor the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and library champions.
  • Georgia Public Library of the Year will be presented to an individual facility or library system whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves. Nominations for library systems that include multiple locations must demonstrate the integration of each facility to the overall impact of the system as a whole.
  • Georgia Public Librarian of the Year will be presented to a full-time and professionally licensed practicing public librarian whose innovative and creative talents are instrumental in the delivery of outstanding library service to his or her library and the communities it serves, as well as dedication and commitment to the state and profession as a whole. The winner must be employed by a public library for at least 9 months of the award year.
  • Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year will be presented to an outstanding advocate whose support significantly raised the profile of libraries and improved services during the award year. Honorees may include, but are not limited to, elected officials, authors, library board members or members of Friends of Georgia Libraries or local Friends groups who were not employed in any capacity by a library during the award year.
We have a new award this year:
  • Georgia Public Library Lifetime Achievement award may be given each year to a retired Georgia librarian for extraordinary service to Georgia public libraries throughout his/her career. Special emphasis is placed on the long-lasting impact of their work: nominees must be retired from full-time work for three years before being nominated. Given these special requirements, this award may not be presented each year.

Please submit your nominations by clicking on the award titles above.  Nominations may be submitted by public library directors, trustees, members of Friends groups, and GPLS staff members. If you need more space or have additional support materials, please submit via email to wcornelisen@georgialibraries.org. Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.

The awards selection committee comprises five members of the GPLS team. The selection process will be conducted in November and winners will be notified in December.

Formal award presentations will be scheduled for early 2017 at times and locations based on the preferences of each winner and for ensuring the maximum amount of local publicity for each award.

National Friends of Libraries Awards

The 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week will be held Oct. 16-22, 2016. Two Friends groups will be awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week.

With the support of the Lana and Michael Porter Foundation, five Friends Groups were awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, two groups were awarded $250 each.


National Friends of Libraries Week Award applicants must provide a one- to two-page summary of all activities and efforts in conjunction with the celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Applicants will be judged on creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, Trustees, and/or advisory committee; recognition of Friends group, and promotion of Friends group to the community, school, students, and/or faculty.


United for Libraries has created a variety of resources to help Friends, Trustees, and library staff celebrate in their community.


Applications for the 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Award must be received by Dec. 2, 2016. Applicants will be notified on or before Dec. 16, 2016. Click the link below for the application.