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 for June 7, 2020, 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!

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.


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

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Paragraph 5.3 of the Bylaws (as amended on April 20, 2018), that a Special Meeting of the Membership of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. shall be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., at the Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider a motion to amend the Bylaws to provide that the month in which the annual meeting of the membership is held will be changed from October back to April of each calendar year.

All members in good standing shall be eligible to vote on the motion. Each Individual Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote.  Local Friends Organizations shall have up to five (5) votes.

This Notice of Special Meeting is being sent to all members of Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. in accordance with Article V of the Bylaws and in particular with Paragraph 5.5 of the bylaws.

Board of Directors, Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc.

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