October 21-27, 2007
If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country. These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library. Money raised by these groups support such important library services as summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries.
Friends of Libraries groups around the nation now have their very own week of celebration: the second annual national Friends of Libraries Week takes place October 21-27, 2007. Sponsored by Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), a nationwide organization of local Friends groups, libraries and individuals, the celebration hopes to raise public awareness of local Friends of Libraries groups, to boost membership, and ultimately, to increase the general public’s involvement in libraries.
Contact your public, school or academic library to find out if a Friends group already exists in your community. If there is no Friends group working with your local library, you might consider starting one. For tips on how to get started, visit the FOLUSA website.