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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.