Past FOGL Events

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FOGL Annual Meeting and Workshop: “Building a Better Library”

Date: April 26, 2019
Place: Fayette County Public Library, Fayetteville, GA
Featured speaker: Mike Thurmond



“Libraries Rock!” — Friends of Georgia Libraries Annual Spring Business Meeting & Workshop

Date: April 20, 2018
Place:  Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, Conyers, GA
Luncheon Speaker: Children’s Author Laurel Snyder. Other items on the agenda: “Geology 101: How to Start a Friends Group at Your Academic Library,” “Throwing Rocks: When the Friends and the Library Staff Just Don’t Get Along,” “Rocking the Boat (or Not): How to Advocate for Your Library,” and Building Bridges: Creating Community Engagement and Recruiting.”

Spring WorkshopFOGL Annual Meeting and Workshop: “Building a Better Library”

Date: April 28, 2017
Place: Decatur Public Library, Decatur, GA
Featured speakers: Georgia authors, Thomas Mullen and Terry Kay and Mary E. Young on Applying for 501 (c) (3) Status for Your Friends Group

FOGL Annual Meeting and Workshop: “Friends Helping Friends”

Date: April 22, 2016
Place: Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Speaker: Georgia author, Joshilyn Jackson

FOGL Annual Meeting and Workshop:  “Things Friends Should Know About Their Georgia Libraries, But Are Afraid to Ask”

Date: April 18, 2015
Place: Jefferson Public Library, Jefferson, GA
Speaker: Beth McIntyre, Regional Director, Piedmont Regional Library System

FOGL Fall Workshop “Harvesting Great Friends”

Date: October 24, 2014 
Place: Columbus Public Library, Columbus, GA
Speaker: Victoria Wilcox

FOGL Annual Meeting & Workshop “Successfully Navigate Quicksand”

Date: Friday, April 25th, 2014
Place: Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Speaker: Terry Kay

FOGL Annual Meeting & Workshop “Twisting Arms Gently”

Friday, April 19th, 2013
East Cobb Library, Marietta, GA
Philip Lee Williams, Terry Kay

FOGL Spring Workshop: Where Do We Go from Here? Spring 2012

Date: Friday, April 27, 9:30 am – 1pm
Place: Forsyth Public Library – Cumming Branch, Cumming, GA
Speaker: Thomas Thibeault, author of Balto’s Nose

FOGL Fall Workshop: A is for Author Fall 2011

Date: 10/22/2011 9:30-1 pm

At the Newton County Library in Covington. Author Patricia Sprinkle is the luncheon speaker.

FOGL Spring Membership Meeting April 29, 2011

Date:April 29, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Place: Macon State College Learning Support Center
Speaker: Alan Harkness, Assistant State Librarian for Library Development at the Georgia Public Library Service
Lunch Speaker: Lauretta Hannon, author of The Cracker Queen–A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life
Awards Presentation: Presentations of the Fabulous Friends Award and the Best Friend Award.

Fall 2010 Workshops, September 25 & October 30

  • Saturday, September 25 at Southwest Chatham Branch of the Live Oak System, with author Tina McElroy Ansa
  • Saturday, October 30 at Mary Willis Library, with chef and author Virginia Willis

FOGL Annual Membership meeting on Friday, April 23 2010

Date: Friday, April 23, 2010 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Place: Coweta County Central Library
Speaker: “Getting What You Need For Your Library” featuring Lynne Bradley Director, Office of Government Relations American Library Association, Washington, DC

It Takes a Village featuring Peter Pearson with Joshilyn Jackson

Location: Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle, SE, Smyrna, GA
Date & Time: aturday, November 7, 2009 | 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 
Topics: Peter Pearson will share some ways that The Friends of the Saint Paul (MN) Library have kept library funding on the increase when neighboring library systems’ budgets have been cut.

2009 Spring Workshop and Annual Meeting featuring Patricia Sprinkle

Location: Lowe’s Toyota Meeting Room, 375 S. Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA
Date & Time: Friday, April 17, 2009 | 9:00 AM-2:30 PM 
Topics: Building a Better Friends Organization, Annual meeting, Election of Board Members, Patricia Sprinkle (Keynote Speaker), Selling your library to the voters

FALL WORKSHOP: Back to Basics — Starting or Revitalizing Your Friends Group

Date: November 15, 2008
Location: Fayette County Library
Speaker: Susan Schmidt, Past President of Friends of Libraries USA
Topics: Relationships Among Friends, Trustees & Director, Membership and Fundraising, and Public Relations and Advocacy

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bookstore

FOGL Annual Meeting featuring Terry Kay
April 21, 2008 
Brunswick-Glynn County Library

Georgia Library Day

Sponsored by the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT), Georgia Library Association (GLA) and the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA)
February 14, 2008
Georgia State Capitol

Grassroots Advocacy: Shaking the Money Tree

Featuring Stephanie D. Vance, “The Advocacy Guru” 
Advocacy Associates, LLC
November 16, 2007
Decatur Library Auditorium

Antique Books Road Show

Featuring Alek Ansley, General Manager of JudyBug’s Books
April 20, 2007
Columbus Public Library

Libraries Can’t Live on Love Alone

Featuring Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of FOLUSA
November 17, 2006
Decatur Library Auditorium