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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“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

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.

Guide for Library Advocates

Love your library?  Not sure where to start when being a great library advocate?  The guide at the link below is a very valuable resource for library advocates. This free guide is a “step-by-step guide to developing an advocacy campaign. As you go through the Power Guide, come back to this page to see examples of talking points, flyers, petitions, and more.”

© United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, A advocates, Friends and Foundations. This guide is made available free through a generous grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation. This guide may be reproduced in part or in its entirety with credit to United for Libraries so long as it is distributed freely.
United for Libraries Web site: www.ala.org/united