About the Friends of Kentucky Libraries, Inc.
Board members may serve two consecutive terms. Public library directors
and staff of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives are not
eligible to serve on the board; however, the State Librarian and
Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
shall serve on the board as an ex officio member.
Friends of Kentucky Libraries works hard to make sure Kentucky has the best possible libraries and support groups available.
In 2011 the Kentucky Public Library Association honored
the Friends of Kentucky Libraries with their Public Library Advocacy
Award. Established in 2001, the Award is presented on an intermittent
basis to the organization, public official, or citizen-at-large who
most successfully advances the cause of public libraries in the
Commonwealth. The Advocacy Award has been presented only twice in the
past ten years.
Board of Directors - The Board of
Directors is made up of nine to eleven members, elected at the Annual
Meeting of the Membership, for a term of 3 years. Nominees are proposed
by a Nominating Committee, appointed by the President, and effort is
made to assure statewide representation. Nominees are approved by the
Board before being presented to the membership. Vacancies that occur
mid-term may be filled by the Board upon recommendation of the
Nelda Moore (FKL) accepts the KPLA Public Library Advocacy Award from David Schroeder (KPLA)
Officers of the board are: President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The Board conducts the business of the organization, approves
expenditures, grants, special events and programs of the organization.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the odd numbered months at KDLA
in Frankfort. The meetings are open to the membership and public.
Meet our current Board of Directors
- Like a phoenix, FKL revived itself in 2009 after a long dormancy. The
organization revised its mission, bylaws, governance, membership
categories and dues, and created several ongoing events throughout the
Prior to becoming inactive in the mid-1980s, FKL had a successful
history in assisting literacy across the Commonwealth. In 1952,
Kentucky author Jesse Stuart spoke at the first Annual Meeting of the
organization and noted that most rural communities had no public
libraries. His speech motivated an audacious plan to provide bookmobile
services statewide that became the Kentucky Bookmobile Project.
||Spearheaded by the Friends of
Kentucky Libraries and the Kentucky Library Association, along with the
assistance of some very capable volunteers such as Harry Schacter and
Mary Bingham, both of Louisville, the project was able to purchase 84
vehicles and 600,000 books. Staff from the state library worked to
secure operating funds from the various counties, as well as to process
the book collections. At the 1954 Kentucky State Fair, Governor
Lawrence Wetherby presented the bookmobiles to the counties after a
parade of vehicles made its way around the fairgrounds.
Membership - Everyone who wants to support
Kentucky's libraries is welcome and encouraged to join Friends of
Kentucky Libraries. Our categories of membership include Individuals,
Local Libary Friends Chapters, Library Boards of Trustees, Small
Businesses, and Corporations. Visit our Membership page to learn more about joining and to contact individual Friends chapters.
-The Friends of Kentucky Libraries Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization of volunteers supporting public libraries across
Kentucky. Our mission is two-fold: to advocate for libraries on
the national, state, and local levels; and to provide support for the
formation and success of local Friends chapters.