Here’s Why the Friends of the Hart County Library Deserve the “Fabulous Friends” Award:

I arrived in Hart County in 1998 to take on the job of Library Director.  At that time, there was a Friends of the Library group, but it was mostly moribund, its members disillusioned after dealing with the previous library administration.  A few years later, a few women, recent arrivals to the community, decided that the library was something that needed help (which it certainly did), and that they could do a lot to provide that help.

Since that day, more than fifteen years ago, we’ve come to depend on the Friends of the Hart County Library, and they haven’t let us down.

One of their early ideas was to start a bookstore in the basement of the library to organize and find homes for the better items from the immense array of books and other materials that are donated to the library every week.   From one room in the library basement, the bookstore has since grown to three well-organized rooms, manned by volunteers from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, four days a week.

Their fundraising efforts expanded to include an annual wine & cheese event, usually with silent auction items and other donation opportunities.

The money that results from the bookstore and from the wine & cheese fundraiser goes a long way toward supporting the library’s materials collections.  The Friends of the Hart County Library give us a monthly grant of $400.00 for New York Times bestsellers, along with $63.00 per month for children and YA books.  (We have additional grants for children’s materials, so the Friends concentrate their efforts on books for adult readers.)  For a small Friends group and a small library, this is a very big help.

Each year, the Friends contribute hundreds of dollars toward the Summer Reading Program (SRP), helping us to pay for performers/entertainers to come to the library, for a public performance license so we can show movies, as well as for Summer Reading Program prizes for the kids, and – for the last few years – SRP-themed t-shirts for the library staff.  We also regularly provide the Friends with a “wish list” of items we’ll need in the upcoming months for programs or materials – and they almost never say “no”.  Just in the past few days, two members of the Friends have brought in bags of craft supplies – paid for with their own money – for our Children’s Librarian to use for her weekly storytimes and our second annual Pirate Camp program.

We’ve had several evening and weekend book-signing events in recent years, showcasing local authors.  The Friends usually provide the beverages and snacks for these evenings – and not just buying jugs of sweet tea and boxes of cookies, but actually making cookies and appetizers for the attendees.  They also have provided this service for other programs, such as our annual “Passport to Adventure” evening that celebrates National Library Week.

This past year, the Friends even helped with our Halloween fundraiser, the Edgar Allan Poe-themed “Tell-Tale Hart” gala, organized by the library staff.  We had to relocate the event to a more expensive venue this past year, and the Friends paid the rental fee, allowing us to realize more of a profit from the evening.

Speaking of acknowledging the efforts of the staff, this year the Friends gave gift cards to each member of the staff for Valentine’s Day, and each year, they bring a catered lunch to the library for the staff, to acknowledge National Library Worker Day.  Not to mention that testimonial letters from some our Friends helped Hart County Library earn its recognition as Georgia Public Library of the Year for 2016.  It’s a great working relationship between the staff and the Friends – we very definitely appreciate one another.

Respectfully –

Richard Sanders
Director – Hart County Library

Friends of the Hart County Library won the “Fabulous Friends” Award for 2018, receiving their award in April at FOGL’s Annual Spring Business Meeting & Workshop.

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc.

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Article V of the Bylaws (as amended on April 20, 2018), that the Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. shall be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 8:00 a.m., at the Georgia Libraries Conference, at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901, Conference Room 203.

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:

  1. Election of Directors – (a simple majority of members present is needed to elect Directors);
  2. Such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

– Board of Directors, Friends of Georgia Libraries

“To Lasso The Clouds” Author is Guest Speaker at Muscogee Friends Meeting

Muscogee County Friends of Libraries are pleased to welcome Dan Aldridge, President of FOGL and author of  To Lasso The Clouds, The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia as guest speaker.

Muscogee County Friends cordially invite all library lovers to hear author and library advocate Dan Aldridge speak and to attend the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 10th at 6 PM in the Synovus/CB&T Room at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road and will review the past year. Light refreshments will be offered. Gabriel Lundeen, the library’s Deputy Director, will also provide an update on happenings at Muscogee libraries.

Click here for event flyer.

 

Words of Praise for Sig Hall, FOGL Best Friend Award Honoree

From Beth Ratliff, President Friends of the Fayette County Public Library:

“As a retired Air Force pilot, Sig Hall is no stranger to service to those around him. As a member of the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, Sig Hall has been the book sale chairman for 17 years…. Under Sig’s direction, the book sale has allowed the Friends to donate around $25,000 to the Fayette County Public Library each year to help fund programs such as the Summer Reading Program…. Sig exemplifies the definition of a friend of the library. He has been a visible advocate for the Fayette County Library, its staff, and programs.”

More words of praise for Sig Hall:

“Sig is a fierce advocate for our library and his integrity and responsiveness makes our library shine. The work that he does to support our library is most deserving of recognition.” — Jessica Kuhr, Public Services Librarian

“We owe great thanks to Sig Hall for serving in this role for 17 years with grace, professionalism, expertise and service excellence.” — Gina L. Martin, Public Services Librarian

“His high level of service to the library as an advocate is of ‘Super Star’ quality. His diligence for assuring that the donated books are properly stored when given to the library is remarkable.” — Chris Snell, Library Director, Fayette County Public Library

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

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:

  1. Election of Directors – (a simple majority of members present is needed to elect Directors);
  2. 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);
  3. Such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

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!

 

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.