Category: Helpful Hints

FoKL Grants and Awards

By , January 12, 2015 1:29 pm

Learn about FoKL’s grants and awards. Continue reading 'FoKL Grants and Awards'»

Re-vitalizing a Friends organization

By , January 12, 2015 1:20 pm

Here’s advice on re-vitalizing a Friends group from FoKL. Continue reading 'Re-vitalizing a Friends organization'»

Public Service Announcement from ALA

By , September 18, 2012 10:51 am

Our Authors, Our Advocates is a public awareness campaign by the American Library Association to increase support for libraries.  Like many authors, Judy Blume is a natural ally and spokesperson for libraries.  Use this PSA on your Friends website.  ALA is encouraging libraries to share it with those who can make a difference.



Promoting Friends Membership

By , September 14, 2012 3:02 pm

Does your Friends group publish a newsletter, post announcements on Facebook, share news on a webpage?

Check out these approaches to public relations by Friends groups.

  • Friends webpages share news and offer membership
  1. Lawrence (
  2. Topeka  (
  3. Wichita (

    Share your Friends promotions with us — tell us on our Facebook page.  FoKL wants to hear from you.

Membership Reminders

By , January 25, 2012 3:44 pm

Are you looking for a way to promote membership in your Friends group?  Do you have big plans but need more active Friends to support your activities?  Try distributing a membership brochure or bookmark at the library.

Ask your librarian to include a Friends page on the library’s website, too.

Click here to see a brochure shared by Friends of Morrill Public Library in Hiawatha.

Click here for another example from the Friends of Rossville Community Library.

Remind your community of your purpose and how easy it is to become a Friend of the Library.  Great libraries need great Friends!

If your group has promotional bookmarks or brochures to share, send them to us at and it will be added to the links on this page.

Friends Public Service Announcement

By , September 20, 2010 9:07 am

Paula Poundstone is the spokesperson for ALTAFF (Association of Library Trusteees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.).  Her message to volunteers and donors to “give back” to their library is both humorous and timely.

Use this ALTAFF Public Service Announcement on your Friends website.  Friends of the Library in all communities have permission to post this message.

Getting and Keeping Members

By , April 25, 2006 11:22 am

Here’s advice from FoKL on building membership in a Friends group. Continue reading 'Getting and Keeping Members'»

Sample By-laws

By , April 25, 2006 11:02 am

Here’s advice about By-laws for a Friends group from FoKL. Continue reading 'Sample By-laws'»

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