Organizing a Friends Group

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Start an Academic Friends Group: Friends in academia can help their library by raising revenues for collections, materials, and equipment and help raise the profile of the campus library via sponsored programs and events.

Start a Teen Friends Group: Teens can be excellent Friends because involvement gives them a sense of responsibility and way to give back to the community. Teen Friends groups are also great ways to nurture a love of reading at a time when so many other diversions are calling them.

Organize a Friends of a Media Center/Library Group: A Friends group can have a positive impact on the school library or media center. They can provide volunteers and additional funding, and be an effective pressure group when the library or media centers’ funding is threatened. Parents or faculty who want to start a group should get the support of the media specialist before proceeding.


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