- FOGL Author Grant 2018: Friends of Griffin-Spalding County Library for their grant proposal for children’s author Danny Schnitzlein
- FOGL Fabulous Friends Award 2018: Friends of the Hart County Library
- FOGL Best Friend Award 2018: Sig Hall (Fayette County)
Congratulations! Hope to see you at FOGL Spring Workshop, this Friday, April 20th.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF FRIENDS OF GEORGIA LIBRARIES, INC.
TO: All Members of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc.
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Article V of the Bylaws, that the Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. shall be held on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, 864 Green Street, Conyers, GA, 30012. All members in good standing shall be eligible to vote on all matters that come before the meeting requiring a vote. Each Individual Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote. Local Friends Organizations shall have up to five (5) votes. The following business shall be conducted:
- Election of Directors – (a simple majority of members present is needed to elect Directors);
- Amendment of Bylaws. The Board of Directors has recommended that the Bylaws be amended, in part, to add additional categories of membership (Article 2.1); to reduce the number of Directors from fifteen (15) to ten (10)(Article 4.1); add the Immediate Past Chair as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors (Article 4.8); change the Annual month from April to October (Article 5.2); provide for Special Membership Meetings (Article 5.3); change the officer designations of President and Vice President to Chair and Chair-Elect (Articles 6.3 and 6.4) – (Amendments to the Bylaws require a two-thirds majority vote of the members present);
- Such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.
Author Janisse Ray does a reading, book signing, and reception at the Winterville Center for Community and Culture.
You can now download the 2018 application for a $500 grant in support of author appearances or events sponsored by local Friends of Libraries that are current FOGL members
>> FOGL Author Grant 2018 Application
Mary Young did an amazing presentation on Structuring Your Friends Group & Applying for 501(c)(3) Status at FOGL’s Spring Workshop. Click on the image below for the PDF of her PowerPoint.
FOGL is available to provide support and will be happy to share forms and sample letters from Mary’s presentation. Of course, these materials are provided as general information only. No legal advice is being given by Friends of Georgia Libraries, Mary E. Young, LLC, or any other person or organization. And as any librarian will tell you, you should consult with an attorney on all legal matters. That said, FOGL is here to help.
It 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
- 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!
Own a day at your library -info on FOGL blog
Host a Murder Mystery Dinner
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
Kroger and Publix community programs
Georgia Give a Day
Saturday — 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, 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
FOGL 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.
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 email@example.com 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.