Apply for Friends of Libraries Week Awards



fol-weekThis week, Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country are celebrating the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 16-22, 2016).

Friends groups are celebrating by holding membership drives, book sales, special events, and officials are issuing proclamations to mark Friends of Libraries Week in their town or state. Libraries are also honoring their Friends groups and saying “thank you” for all they do for their libraries. Friends groups are being highlighted in local media to demonstrate their importance in the library and community.

United for Libraries encourages Friends groups who are celebrating to apply for the National Friends of Libraries Week awards. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during the celebration. Application materials are available at www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/friendsweek. Entries are due by Dec. 2, 2016.

United for Libraries will also be highlighting National Friends of Libraries Week activities in an upcoming newsletter – to submit your activities and photos, email them to united@ala.org.

Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available at www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/folweek include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more. Future National Friends of Libraries Week dates can also be found here.

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