This week, Oct.16-22, is “National Friends of Libraries Week”! It is an opportunity to support your local library by visiting the library and using its resources (like checking out a great book!), and by getting involved in a local “Friends of Library” group. I have linked you above to the website “I Love Libraries”, a special site run by the American Library Association (ALA). From there you can link to the page advertising the “National Friends of Libraries Week”. Below is part of the information about this promotion.
If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country. These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library. Money raised by these groups support such important library services as summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries.
Friends of Libraries groups have their very own week of celebration: the sixth annual national Friends of Libraries Week takes place Oct. 16-22, 2011. Sponsored by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the celebration hopes to raise public awareness of local Friends of Libraries groups, to boost membership, and ultimately, to increase advocacy for libraries.
The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate. Friends groups can use the time to creatively promote their group in the community, raise awareness and promote membership. The celebration also offers an excellent opportunity for the library staff and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
Did you also know that this is “Teen Read Week’? What a great idea! Get our teens to lay aside their phones (texting) and Facebook pages for a bit each day and focus on reading a good book! I will have a suggestion for teen reading in the near future, maybe even my next post. Stay tuned. For now, you will also find a link to this event on the same page above.