2010 Best Friends Awards

Public Library Friends Group with assistance from paid staff

Print Newsletters
Friends of the Salem (Ore.) Public Library
The Salem Public Library newsletter is supported by the Friends of the Salem Public Library. Published 11 times a year (monthly except for July/August), it features library and program information, booklists, Friends news, and local advertising. It is delivered by mail to Friends members.

Program or Special Project Publicity
Friends of the Princeton (N.J.) Public Library
A centennial postcard and a gala program were created to support the Princeton Public Library’s centennial celebration on Oct. 10, 2010. The Friends organized the gala event, which attracted more than 500 people. The auction event of the gala, In Their Own Hands, featured handwritten passages from authors and celebrities associated with Princeton. These items were framed and sold during a silent auction. The event raised more than $225,000 to support the library. 
 

Public Library Friends Group without paid staff

Print Newsletters
Friends of the Orange County (Fla.) Public Library System
The Orange County Public Library System newsletter, Books & Beyond, is a monthly publication sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This 28-page full-color newsletter highlights general programs, book clubs, featured electronic resources, children’s and teen programs, computer programs, and more at all 15 branches.

Friends of the Platt Public Library (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
The quarterly newsletter of the Friends of the Platt Library features a color cover, a President’s Message, program information, a membership form, and more.

Membership
Friends of the Orange County (Fla.) Public Library
The Friends of the Orange County Public Library System created full-color posters and a newsletter promotion to encourage people to join the Friends for a chance to win prizes. All prizes were donated by area businesses. Overall, membership increased 10% as a result of this drive.

Friends of the Ennis (Texas) Public Library
The Friends of the Ennis Public Library membership brochure explains, at a glance, what the organization is all about and how it benefits everyone involved. The photo story invites people to join as a participant, volunteer, or both. The brochure includes the Friends group’s mission statement and goals, and the color photos serve as a testament of the Friends’ purpose. An application is included.

Advocacy Materials
Friends of the San Benito County (Calif.) Free Library
The Friends of the San Benito County Free Library interviewed the county superintendant of schools, Mike Sanchez, and put his thoughts into a piece honoring the library’s bookmobile. A photo of the education office’s marquee is incorporated into the piece.

Digital Publicity
Friends of the Richardson (Texas) Library
The website of the Friends of the Richardson Library includes extensive information on programs and events, the Friends, the library, literacy, and education. Visitors can join, donate, subscribe to the newsletter, be notified of events, participate in social networking, and share photos.

Program or Special Project Publicity
Friends of the Westlake (Ohio) Porter Public Library
The Friends printed more than 1,000 magnets for the library, and are currently on the second order. Patrons receive free magnets at the Book Nook used book room, Portables Gift Shop, the reception desk in the lobby, and at the circulation desk. The Friends also hand out magnets at special events and to groups. Patrons say having the hours visible at home makes it easier to remember to come to the library.

Fundraisers
Friends of the San Benito County (Calif.) Free Library
A newly developed project, the Adopt-a-Book and Adopt-a-Magazine Subscription programs encouraged education, community participation, and recognition.

Book Sales
Friends of the Westlake (Ohio) Porter Public Library
The Friends discovered that the library had a mascot created many years ago, but it hadn’t been used. A local graphics artist updated and redesigned the mascot – Porter J. Mouse – for free. The Friends own the copyright to the mascot, and have used him in digital publicity on the group’s website, on marketing materials, and in the library. Here he is featured on the booksale flyer.