Resources for Friends Groups
Accessibility is Good For Everybody!
When your Friends Group sponsors an event, take a moment to think about accessibly as you plan it. Here’s a checklist for one-time events. It’s not a perfect match (it’s for schools) but would be a good start.
ALA United for Libraries resources, including Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have (PDF, 100 kb) by Sally Gardner Reed
WebJunction, hosted by OCLC, has extensive resources for Friends.
Writing a strong mission statement will help you clarify and communicate your Friends’ Group’s job. The Nonprofit Hub has created this easy-to-use guide to create your mission statment. You’ll find a handy chart of good and bad attributes of a mission statement and some real-life examples.
Friends Group First Aid created by IFLS.
What Makes a Good Friends Group: This is a short blog from Library Strategies, an innovative venture of the St. Paul Public Library Friends Group.
Identifying and Recruiting Younger People: If you are looking to find younger Friends members, this recording of a 2020 Trustee Training Week session will be of interest.
How to Make New Friends: from Library Strategies
this page was updated 6/2023
Resources for Library Foundations
It can be very challenging to create a vital and effective library foundation, but the benefits to your public library can be considerable.
This document, Establishing a Library Foundation: Planning, Persistence, Progress, from the American Library Association (ALA) has tips and a great bibliography for more reading.