Each year on the Monday before Halloween, the Lampasas Public Library hosts a fundraising event called BBQ for Books.
The event has grown each year and this year they anticipated selling 900 meals! Their Foundation trustees go around town selling tickets and taking group orders. 10 local women organize the annual event, over 60 volunteers help make sheet cakes, and 20 volunteers work shifts the day of the event. Director in Lampasas, Shanda Subia, says, ” We could not do this without volunteers. There’s just no way. We really appreciate the community coming together to support this event every year – whether by volunteering or by buying tickets (or both!).”
Congratulations on such a successful event!
From the United for Libraries website:
United for Libraries will coordinate the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
Explore ideas and resources:
Free Webcast: Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need
In celebration of the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct.19-25, 2014, United for Libraries recorded a webinar with Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discussed the library’s successful millage campaign, developed thanks to a Neal-Schuman grant. Watch the free recording, which runs just over one hour.
Doreen Hannon received a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a MLIS degree from Wayne State University. She has worked at the Salem-South Lyon District Library (SSLDL) since 1996 and has served as Library Director since 2002. Libby Post, one of United for Libraries’ advocacy consultants, has been working with public libraries to pass funding and district initiatives as well as building referendums since 2005. She is the founder of the Library Campaign Training Institute and has a success rate of over 80%. She consulted with Salem-South Lyon Library District and helped the library lay out a successful strategy for their millage campaign utilizing the Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy.
Free Webcast: How to Start a Friends Group
United for Libraries coordinated the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. As part of the celebration, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group. View the webcast
National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
For more information, visit the National Friends of Libraries Week Award page.
Rio Grande City Public Library Director Norma Gomez Fultz recently wrote to us about how committed their Friends group is to volunteering at, sponsoring, and promoting library events. Their Friends group recently put up this billboard for the library. What amazing support!
This is a wonderful opportunity to mention that October 19-25 is National Friends of Libraries Week. For more information, visit the United for Libraries page.
Do you have a particularly great Friends group? Please brag about them to us… and send photos! Where would we be without a little help from our Friends??