National Friends of Libraries Week
October 16-22, 2016
Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22, 2016. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. 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.
Explore ideas and resources:
- Friends Groups
- State Friends
- PR and Marketing Materials (including a sample press release that can be customized for your library/Friends group
- RSVP to National Friends of Libraries Week on Facebook
Free Webcast: Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need
In celebration of the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct.19-25, 2014, United for Libraries recorded a webinar with Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discussed the library’s successful millage campaign, developed thanks to a Neal-Schuman grant. Watch the free recording, which runs just over one hour.
Doreen Hannon received a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a MLIS degree from Wayne State University. She has worked at the Salem-South Lyon District Library (SSLDL) since 1996 and has served as Library Director since 2002. Libby Post, one of United for Libraries' advocacy consultants, has been working with public libraries to pass funding and district initiatives as well as building referendums since 2005. She is the founder of the Library Campaign Training Institute and has a success rate of over 80%. She consulted with Salem-South Lyon Library District and helped the library lay out a successful strategy for their millage campaign utilizing the Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy.
Free Webcast: How to Start a Friends Group
United for Libraries coordinated the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. As part of the celebration, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group. View the webcast
National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
For more information, visit the National Friends of Libraries Week Award page.
Future dates for National Friends of Libraries Week
- Oct. 15-21, 2017
- Oct. 21-27, 2018