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Friends of Kentucky Libraries supports libraries by:

  • Mentoring newly formed or revitalized local chapters
  • Facilitating annual Meet & Greets with local officials and state legislators in local libraries statewide
  • Supporting Kentucky Public Library Association’s Library Legislative Day in Frankfort each year
  • Encouraging networking among local Friends chapters
  • Supporting the Sister Library Program
  • Hosting a website that provides information and guidance for Friends on a variety of topics
  • Providing grants to local chapters for filing for 501(c)(3) applications with the IRS
  • Recognizing outstanding contributions by local chapters and individual Friends
  • Participating annually in the KY delegation to National Library Legislation Day in Washington, DC

Advocacy - Library Advocacy is one of the core functions of the Friends of Kentucky Libraries. We work to ensure that your voice and the voice of other library supporters is heard so our public libraries can offer the services needed in our communities. We advocate for public libraries on the local, state, and federal level. We periodically offer training in advocacy and share examples of effective advocacy efforts. You'll find details about advocacy efforts on the pages below:

Assistance - The core mission of Friends groups across the state is to support their home library. This often costs a great deal in terms of time and money, and the Friends of Kentucky Libraries is here to help. Whether your Friends group is an established Friends Chapter or you are part of a group of people trying to organize a Friends group for your library, the Friends of Kentucky Libraries Chapter Liaison and Mentoring Committee is available to help. The purpose of the Chapter Liaison and Mentoring Committee is to mentor new and existing Friends groups and to foster the development of networking among Friends organizations.

Our committee members are a great resource, having many years of experience working with Friends and libraries within Kentucky and across the country.

  • We have an electronic “packet” of information that we can send to libraries or individuals who are interested in starting new Friends chapters.
  • Committee members can offer unique guidance for each Friends chapter, such as establishing the relationship between the Friends and the library administration or working through the steps to form an organization within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • We are happy to come to you to talk about how to have an effective Friends group—and how to avoid pitfalls along the way.

For assistance, contact Mary Lynn Collins, Board Member. 

Awards - The Friends of Kentucky Libraries couldn't do what we do without the dedication and support of both individual members and Friends chapters throughout the state. Visit our Awards page to help us celebrate recent honorees and to nominate the folks you think are deserving of statewide recognition!

Grants for Library Projects - FKL has established two grant programs for Friends chapter members. Visit our Grants page for details and qualifications on these programs:

  • $400 Grant to partially reimburse federal nonprofit application filing fees
  • $200 Grant to assist with travel costs for participants in the Sister Libraries Project

Newsletters - Members receive our quarterly Friends CONNECT newsletter via email. All newsletters are available in the Newsletter Archives as PDF files. Members are invited to send editorial contributions, articles, and news releases to Earlene Arnett, editor.

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