Celebrate Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22

ImageThe sixth annual National Friends of Libraries Week is October 16-22, 2011. Use this event as a time to ...

  • have a membership drive
  • promote your group in the community
  • raise awareness
  • contact the newspaper about a feature article about your Friends group and all the great work they've done on for your library

This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Here are some Promotion and Celebration Ideas for Friends Groups:

- Download the sample press release and add information about your group. Highlight your programs, money donated to the library, number of volunteer hours, etc. - anything that helps to paint the picture of how your group supports the library. - Create a photo opportunity in advance of or during National Friends of Libraries Week. - Create a large "Thank You" card to post near the display or membership table coordinated by the Friends (if they decide to do this). Ask staff to personalize the card and/or sign their names.

A Friends group can support your library by coordinating programs, volunteering in the library, promoting the library in the community, and advocating for libraries on the state & national level.

Source: Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)