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Earlene Arnett, editor.
|Fall 2016 - All Friends Needed in Frankfort on February 16, 2017 - Make
a difference on Library Legislative Day - FKL Annual Meeting Summary,
Awards for Outstanding Chapter, Library Advocacy, and Highlights of our
2016 Meet and Greet Events.
|Summer 2016 - Time to register for FKL Annual Meeting! Agenda and Registration Form enclosed
- deadline for Friends Awards nominations (individual and chapter) is
October 5th, come to the 135th Kentucky Book Fair, and more.
|Spring 2016 - Mary Lynn Collins receives Public Library Advocacy Award -
McClean and Campbell County Libraries receive Sister Library Grant,
Friends of Scott County Public Library open Friends Bookstore inside
new library, and more.
|Fall 2015 - Preparing for Library Legislative Day on 2/4/2016
- Litigation Update, Annual Meeting review and Awards, Updates on
successful Meet & Greet events in 2015, New FKL Officers and Board
Members, and more.
|Summer 2015 - Sallie Bingham to Speak at Annual Meeting
- Important news about this year's 'Meet and Greets' from Board Member,
Linda Stith - Wayne Onkst on library construction grants statewide -
Call for new Board Members - Litigation update and more
|Spring 2015 - Sister Libraries
- International cooperation with libraries in Kazakhstan and Ukraine:
"Information helps you to see that you're not alone. That there's
somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who've
all longed and lost, who've all been happy. So the library helps you to
see, not only that you are not alone, but that you're not really any
different from everyone else" by Maya Angelou.
|Winter 2015 - Library Legislative Day on February 17, Poet
Laureate Frank X Walker to speak in the Capitol Rotunda, 2014
Outstanding Friends Awards, Meet and Greets across the state, Sister
Library Grants, and FKL is now on Twitter! Follow us @KYLibFriends
|Summer 2014 - Annual Meeting on November 15,
Support the Declaration for the Right to Libraries, FKL President Mary
Lynn Collins on supporting libraries in today's climate, Kentucky Book
Fair, Summer Reading Programs, and welcome to new FKL Board Member,
|2014 Spring - Gear Up for Meet and Greet
- Local Friends chapters and libraries should be looking at their
September and October calendars NOW in preparation for the fall Meet
and Greets, FKL President Mary Lynn Collins reports on National Library
Legislative Day, a tribute to Charlene Davis, and find out which
Friends groups received FKL grants recently.
|2014 Winter - Library Legislative Day -
Update on Lawsuits, Books for the Governor's Mansion, News from the
Field - stories of Anne Caudill, Friends of Paul Sawyier Library named
2014 Goodwill Partner of the Year, and a mantra from FKL President,
Mary Lynn Collins, "Advocate, Advocate, Advocate..."
2013 Fall - FKL Annual Meeting Highlights
- Award Presentations for Outstanding Friends Chapter (Madison County),
Outstanding Friend (Judy Stratton, Franklin County), and a new FKL
award, Outstanding Library Advocate (Senator Robin Webb, SD-18).
Also - new boardmembers and officers, spotlight on Danville-Boyle County Friends
- FKL Establishment Grants
- Friends of Larue County Public Library is the fifth Friends chapter
to receive a grant from FKL to help defray the cost of seeking
501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. Mark your calendar - FKL Annual Meeting - November 16 in Frankfort - Keynote Speaker - George Ella Lyon
2013 Spring - KPLA Conference
- FKL presented grants of $200 each to two Sister Library Projects and
presented a program on the Legislative Meet & Greets, unveiling a
new initiative in 2013. This October, rather than con-duct the face
time with legislators and local officials in multi-county Senate
Districts, FKL is organizing these events on a county level.
Also read about a New Director, Useful Tools for Friends, and more
2013 Winter - Legislative Day
- This is a legislative session that could have significant impact on
special taxing districts public libraries, which in-clude all but 10 of
the state’s libraries. Two bills of particular interest are HB-1
on Special Taxing Districts, which include 10# of our libraries, and
SB-20, which would change how library trustees are appointed. [Details
about these bills are on page 2]
Also read about New Directors, Effective Advocacy, Sister Library Projects
2012 Fall - Legislative Meet & Greets
- The third annual Library Legislative Meet & Greets were held at
over 30 sites throughout October, bringing to-gether 913 patrons and 67
legislators/candidates to talk about the importance of libraries in
local communities. Check out the map to see how attendance was
distributed across the state.
Also read about Value of Friends Chapters, Leadership Opportunities
2012 Summer - FKL Awards
- The newly formed Friends of the Oldham County Public Libraries
received a grant to help defray the cost of obtaining their 502(c)(3)
status. The Carter/Kenton County libraries partnership and the
Estill/Madison County libraries partnership received Sister Library
Grants. Outstanding Chapter Award went to Kenton County Friends, and
Outstanding Friend Award was presented to Joy Stryzek, President of the
Friends of the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Public Library (Barren County)
2012 Spring - Learning
- Learn about creating a Theme Book Club, how to sell your books for a
higher price on the Internet, and what to do with leftover books after
a sale. Scott County Friends and the Friends of the William B. Harlan
Memorial Library give an overview of their activities, plus a glimpse
of our incoming President and President-Elect on the road in Logan
2012 Winter - Articles
- “How to Have a Book Sale”, “Spelling to Raise Funds
for Your Public Library”, "You’ve Got a Friend: Friends and
the Kentucky Sister Library Project". A brief introductory article
about the Foundation Center tells you where to find grants that may be
available for your library.
2011 Fall - Advocacy
- Wayne Onkst, State Librarian & Commissioner, urges members to
'Take 5 Minutes' and let your elected representatives know how
important your library is to your community. Meet & Greet Schedule,
Muhlenberg County Public Library Friends initiate two new projects,
Friends of the Iroquois branch of the Louisville Free Public Library
operate multiple programs of service, and FKL announces a booth at the
Kentucky Book Fair.
2011 Summer - Inaugural Issue
- Meet the board of directors - In our inaugural year FKL was
challenged to get members from all regions in Kentucky to truly make
this a representative Board. A new library and new Friends chapter in
McLean County, FKL wins KPLA Advocacy Award, and thanks to Carol
Baughman - "the kind of Board member about whom you dream".