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					Enhancing Your Library in Your
        Community
President, Friends of Canadian
      Libraries (FOCAL)
 Is a non-profit volunteer organization
  supporting Friends groups and libraries
  across Canada
 Offers information and resources
 Provides opportunities for networking and
  sharing ideas
 Provides a useful website
  (www.friendsoflibraries.ca)
 Produces a newsletter twice a year
What Friends groups can do for their libraries:
 Advocate
 Increase public awareness of the library and its
  services
 Raise funds, over and above the library’s
  operating budget
 Fund materials for the library’s collection and for
  special collections
 Assist with the library’s fundraising, particularly for
  a capital campaign
   Help fund costly library equipment or furniture
   Sponsor programming
   Provide support for library programs or special
    events
   Establish a good volunteer base
Advocate
 ◦ The library will have an established group of advocates,
   ready to act at short notice
 ◦ Friends have a network of supporters
 ◦ Whenever the library needs support, Friends can be
   called on
     When services are threatened
     When branch closures are imminent
     When budgets are in danger of being cut
     When funds are needed for a new facility
Increase public awareness of the library and its
  services
 ◦ Friends hold events in the library and in other locations
   throughout the community where they promote what the
   library offers
 ◦ They partner with other organizations, raising the profile
   of the library and of the Friends
 ◦ Friends garner media attention for their activities that
   brings the library to the public’s attention
 ◦ They sponsor library programs with funds; sometimes
   Friends’ volunteers assist with refreshments
Raise funds, over and above the library’s operating
 budget
 ◦ Most Friends groups raise money for their library; the
   amount raised depends on the type of fundraisers they
   are able to undertake and the number of active
   volunteers
 ◦ Many Library Directors come to their Friends with a “wish
   list” of items they would like the Friends to fund
How do Friends raise funds?
 ◦   Book sales
 ◦   Book stores
 ◦   Yard sales
 ◦   Bake sales
 ◦   Plant sales
 ◦   Bingos
 ◦   Lotteries
 ◦   Raffles
 ◦   Special events
 ◦   Gift shop
Assist with the library’s fundraising, particularly for a
 capital campaign
  ◦ Friends can capitalize on their contacts within the
    community to approach businesses and organizations
    for donations to the library’s capital campaign
  ◦ Helping the library raise significant funds demonstrates
    to the community the strong partnership and
    collaboration between the library and the Friends
  ◦ Plan special gala events where the Friends provide the
    “people power” to make it happen
Sponsor programming
 ◦   Books for Babies
 ◦   Other children’s programs
 ◦   Teen programs
 ◦   Book clubs
 ◦   Author readings
 ◦   Speakers
 ◦   Gardening programs
 ◦   Art shows
Provide support for library programs or special
 events
 ◦ Prepare and serve refreshments
 ◦ Assist with special library events, such as
   Doors Open, 50th or 100th Anniversary events
 ◦ Provide materials for library draws for summer
   reading programs, etc.
 ◦ Adopt-a-book program
 ◦ Fund Visunet Canada Partners program
Fund materials for the library’s collection and for
o Special collections
o Books
o Books on CD
o Large print books
o Music CDs
o Special collections
o Digital audio books for people with a print disability
o Books on a specific topic
o Donate wall hanging or artwork
o Donate patron baskets
o DVDs
o   Descriptive DVDs
o   DVDs with closed captioning
o   Magazine subscriptions
Help fund costly library technology, equipment or
 furniture
 ◦ Fund computers
 ◦ Fund computer work stations
 ◦ Fund adaptive equipment for people with a
   print disability
 ◦ Donate a walker
 ◦ Pay for furniture for children’s section of the
   library
 ◦ Pay for chairs or a chesterfield
   Establish a good volunteer base
    ◦ Volunteer for Friends activities
    ◦ Many Friends volunteers also assist the library in other
      ways
       Taking shifts in a café
       Courier service between branches
       Outreach services to seniors in their homes or in
        nursing homes
       Helping with other library events, displays or
        outreach activities
   Establish a good volunteer base
    ◦ Recruit and retain an established volunteer
      base which the library can utilize for other
      activities, events
    ◦ Build up a network of committed library
      supporters
    ◦ Encourage student volunteers who may come
      back again when they are older
Friends and the library can partner with other
 community organizations for public awareness
 events

 ◦ Displays or events with community service
   organizations, like the CNIB, Canadian Hearing
   Association
 ◦ Displays or events with consumer groups
 ◦ Joint fundraisers
Friends and the library can partner with other community
 organizations for public awareness events

    Recycling events
    Horticultural society
    Genealogy society
    Art gallery
    Heritage groups
    Parades
    Summer festivals
   Friends can approach businesses or other
    community organizations to suggest they become
    involved in sponsoring a specific activity
   Friends can approach a business for donations for
    a silent auction or draw prize – establishes a
    connection with businesses that support the
    library, literacy or access to information
   Friends can be instrumental in bringing new users
    in to the library
   Friends are welcoming
    ◦ Friends are in a unique position to promote the library
      to the public
      They can be the first contact for people new to the
       community
      They can offer students a unique volunteer experience;
       students who may not have used the library much in the
       past
   Friends love their library.
   Friends love books.
   Friends are dedicated, committed volunteers.
   They want to help the library thrive.
   Friends enjoy what they do.
   Friends provide added value to the library.
   Friends are the library’s best advocates and
    their most valuable partners.
   Friends tell others about what their library
    means to them.
   They have chosen to give their time and energy
    to an organization that contributes greatly to the
    community. Many Friends volunteer for more
    than one organization.
 Appreciate  and value what your
  Friends group does for your library
  and your community.
 Don’t wait until you need advocates,
  additional money or support, nurture
  those people who believe in the
  library and they will not let you down.
 "The   best time to make friends is
  before you need them." -- Ethel
  Barrymore
 If your library doesn’t have a Friends
  group, think about staritng one. You
  will reap the benefits for many years.

				
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