FOGL NEWSLETTER Spring 2021

And don’t forget our FOGL Coffee Chat on April 16 at 10 am!

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FOGL’s first newsletter of 2021!  
We hope this newsletter gives our Friends Groups some insight and ideas.

We will be sending out a summer newsletter and would love to hear from Friends Groups about any happenings, events, or any questions and concerns they have about all things Library Friend-related.  Please submit all materials for publication in the next newsletter to info@georgia-friends.org by June 1.

“Best Friend” Award Recognizes Friends of the Libraries of Towns County

The “Best Friend” Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to strengthen Georgia’s libraries through advocacy and supportive efforts. This year’s winner, nominated by (“FOLTC”), has been a strong advocate for the Towns County libraries for over twenty-five years. In 1996 Mrs. Tilly saw the need to organize a local Friends group and brought together twenty-five individuals in Towns County to participate as members of the initial Friends group. Mrs. Tilley was elected to serve as its first president and has since held every office that one could hold in this organization, along with working every year at book sales. She helped to establish the butterfly garden at the entrance of the Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris and, in 2005, Mrs. Tilly represented FOLTC at the first general membership meeting of FOGL. When Mountain Regional Library was being remodeled in 2016, Mrs. Tilley made a substantial donation that made possible the completion and furnishing of the Children’s Room. In 2021, the tireless efforts of this remarkable lady will be marked by the 25th Anniversary celebration of FCPLFA’s founding.

NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF FRIENDS OF GEORGIA LIBRARIES, INC.

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TO: All Members of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc.

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Article V of the Bylaws (as last amended on April 26, 2019), that the Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. shall be held on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.  Due to the current pandemic the meeting will be a virtual meeting using Google Meets.  The link to the meeting will be emailed to all members prior to the meeting date.

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

Voting Recommendation of Board of Directors:

            The Board of Directors recommends that the membership vote to approve the election of the following individuals as Directors to replace board members whose terms expired in 2020:

Kathryn Ames (2nd term) – Retired Director, Athens Regional Library System

Kathy Ash – Former President, FOGL

Jodie Barger – President, Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates

In lieu of the recommendation of the Board of Directors, members may vote for up to three individuals, including write-in candidates, to fill the three expiring terms.  Before voting for a write-in candidate please make sure that your write-in candidate is willing to serve on the Board of Directors.

Your submitted email ballot should read:

“I vote for the Board of Directors’s recommendation.”

-or-

“I vote for the following individuals to serve as Directors:

  1. [type in name];  2.  [type in name];  3.  [type in name].”

Votes may be cast now or at any time prior to 9:30 a.m., on Friday, October 23, 2020 by going  to the FOGL webpage (georgia-friends.org).  On the webpage type “Contact” into the “search” field, click on “Contact FOGL” and complete the Contact Form, typing your vote into the “Question, Comment” block. Or, you may vote at the virtual Annual Membership Meeting (October 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.)

Winners of 2020 FOGL Awards and Author Grant Announced

The Board of Directors of Friends of Georgia Libraries is honored to announce this year’s winners of the Awards and Author Appearance Grant.

Author Appearance Grant: Friends of Peachtree City Library

The author event will be, “Historical Fiction and More,” scheduled hopefully in the fall, featuring Georgia author Lynn Cullen. Winner of the 2020 Georgia Author Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Cullen has written several award winning books; most recently, The Sisters of Summit Avenue (2019).  Ms. Cullen often focuses on little-known women from the past and the event will feature slides, as she discusses her method of making fascinating, but little known historic facts and people into good historic fiction.

“Fabulous Friends” AwardForsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates

This award honors the Friends group that has accomplished outstanding advocacy/support for their library. This year’s the award goes to Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates (“FCPLFA”).  Since 2012, when its first bookstore opened, FCPLFA has generated $306,648 for the Forsyth County Public Library. This has been possible through the dedicated work of more than 100 volunteers.  Due to these efforts an array of projects have been funded, including: early literacy computer stations; enhancements to the library’s collections; adult computer classes; a community reading initiative. and personalized services to all patrons.  FCPLFA’s funding of the Summer Reading Fun programs has enabled the library to hire professional performers and provide prize books and other incentives that has increased participation and enthusiasm among children and teens;  In addition to being a fabulous friends group to the library, for the past two years, FCPLFA has worked with the library to provide more than 3,400 used books to inmates at Forsyth County Jail; juvenile and teen books to the Forsyth Juvenile Court; and books to the local emergency shelter for teenage girls when they attend a program at the library.  FCPLFA is under the leadership of Jodie Barger, President.

“Best Friend” AwardMrs. Doris Tilly

The “Best Friend” Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to strengthen Georgia’s libraries through advocacy and supportive efforts. This year’s winner, nominated by Friends of the Libraries of Towns County (“FOLTC”), has been a strong advocate for the Towns County libraries for over twenty-five years.  In 1996 Mrs. Tilly saw the need to organize a local Friends group and brought together twenty-five individuals in Towns County to participate as members of the initial Friends group.  Mrs. Tilley was elected to serve as its first president and has since held every office that one could hold in this organization, along with working every year at book sales.  She help to establish the butterfly garden at the entrance of the Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris and, in 2005, Mrs. Tilly represented FOLTC at the first general membership meeting of FOGL.  When Mountain regional Library was being remodeled in 2016, Mrs. Tilley made a substantial donation that made possible the completion and furnishing of the Children’s Room.  In 2021, the tireless efforts of this remarkable lady will be marked by the 25th Anniversary celebration of FCPLFA’s founding.

Congratulations to each of our winners!

Notice of Postponement of FOGL Annual Meeting/Spring Workshop

Based on the most recent recommendation of our health officials, Friends of Georgia Libraries has postponed its Annual Meeting/Spring Workshop scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Athens Library.  This event will be rescheduled for a later date and a notice of rescheduling will be sent.  We hope that all of our members stay healthy.

– Board of Directors, Friends of Georgia Libraries

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Author Janisse Ray at Camden County Library at Kingsland

Join the Camden County Library at Kingsland for a reception & presentation by Janisse Ray: Writer, naturalist, activist, and the author of more than six books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt. Her latest and very timely work is The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food.

Monday, October 28, 2019
5:30 – 6:30pm at the…

Camden County Library at Kingsland
1410 GA-40, Kingsland, GA 31548
(912) 729-3741

Reception & book signing to follow.  Event sponsored by Friends of Camden County Library at Kingsland and Friends of Georgia Libraries (FOGL). Camden County Public Library at Kingsland is a member
of the Three Rivers Regional Library System.

Applications for the 2020 Author’s Grant and nominations for the 2020 FOGL awards will start being accepted, soon. Contact FOGL, now, if you questions about the 2020 Author’s Grant. It is amazing opportunity for your library.

Join Us at Georgia Libraries Conference in October

FOGL will be at the Georgia Libraries Conference (GLC) in October at the Macon Marriott. We will be doing a presentation on creating a Mutual beneficial relationship with your library and discussing the use tools like a Memorandum of Understanding.  We will be posting more Conference details soon.

Conference information can be found on the GLA web page. Contact us if you have questions about FOGL participation at GLC.