2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Award Winners
Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire, Wis.)
To mark National Friends of Libraries Week, the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library implemented a new program called Riddle Me Readers. The youth services department offered a different riddle to solve every day of the week. Children had to figure out the title of the book that was associated with the riddle and find it on the shelf, where there was an envelope with a slip that said “Congratulations, you solved the riddle!” Every child that solved the riddle received a piece of candy or a sticker, and was entered to win the prize of the day. The program was initiated to help increase awareness of the Friends of the Library among younger families in the community. Each day’s riddle and prize was shared on the Friends’ Facebook page, resulting in triple the amount of Facebook traffic. About 150 kids participated in the program, creating a positive image for the Friends, and resulting in new Friends memberships.
Friends of the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library
The Friends of the Grand Rapids Area Library had a theme for National Friends of Libraries Week – “Want a Friend? Be a Friend! Join the Friends of the Library.” Mayor Dale Adams proclaimed Oct. 20-26 as Friends of the Library Week in Grand Rapids. The Friends increased their membership by nearly 25% through Friends of the Library Bookstore giveaways, a raffle for book baskets for new members, a library display, and a celebration with the Friends board serving cake to library patrons, library Foundation members, and library staff.