Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week!

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October 21-27, 2007

Friends of Libraries USA logo - intertwining booksIf 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.

Friends at Missouri City

The Friends of the Missouri City Library of Fort Bend County Libraries in Missouri City, Texas, celebrated the first annual National Friends of Libraries Week by having a reception honoring its volunteers. Eunice Reiter, city councilwoman of the City of Missouri City and treasurer of the Friends of the Missouri City Library, read a proclamation declaring the week of October 22-28, 2006 as Friends of the Library Week. Gifts of coasters, with “Thank you” in 10 languages around the border, were given to the members of the Friends board, as well as to previous branch managers of the library and to the administrative personnel who attended the reception. A Certificate of Establishment was given to Joan Swain, the long-time Book Sale Chairperson, creating the Joan Swain Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes a volunteer currently serving at the Missouri City Branch Library who has provided exemplary service over 5 years or has accumulated 2080 volunteer hours. The award will be presented at the Annual Friends of the Missouri City Library Membership Meeting in January.

Frances Jordan, President of the Friends of the Missouri City Library.

2nd from left, Joan Swain, outgoing Book Sale Chairperson.