What are Friends for?

When I think of Friends of the Library I think of collaboration. What are Friends of the Library groups for?

  • Public, academic. school, and special libraries. No one’s too obscure or too high powered to have Friends.
  • Supporting and benefiting the library community
  • Service
  • Connecting with others in the business world
  • Public relations
  • Advocacy
  • Community involvement
  • Literacy promotion, especially in school Friends groups
  • Fund raising

What can they sponsor?

  • Film festival
  • Storytelling contest
  • Book sales
  • Booth at the County Fair
  • Teachers’ tea
  • Bring shut-ins to the library during National Library week to meet the staff and the mayor
  • Special anniversary programs
  • More computers in the library
  • Job Fair at the library
  • Outreach program at the senior center
  • Provide funding for special library projects
  • Hospital book cart
  • Puppets, toys, and games for children
  • Promote literacy and reading
  • “Books for babies” kits
  • Making a new teen area in the library
  • Any activity that would benefit the library community

Published by

Colleen Eggett

Colleen Eggett is the Library Resources Program Manager for the Utah State Library in Salt Lake City UT.