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The Friends of Kentucky Libraries is a nonprofit organization made up of individuals and local Friends chapters and local boards of trustees who support and celebrate Kentucky’s libraries.

We are…
– a network of library supporters from across the state sharing ideas and news
– a source of assistance for creating or revitalizing your local Friends of the Library Chapter
– a unified voice to advocate for your library and all Kentucky Libraries


A Note from FoKL President, Wayne Onkst

We have a great Friends of Kentucky Libraries Board that I’ve enjoyed working with.  But our by-laws require that we rotate off the board after 2 terms.  We have several board members that will be rotating off soon and we are looking for nominees for these positions and for officers on the board.  This is a great way to support Friends across the state.  I know many of you have great ideas that will help us better support our libraries.  Almost all our activities are by zoom so you don’t have to travel to participate.  If you have an interest – or possibly there is a member of your Friends group that you would like to nominate, we would love to talk to you.  Please let me know so we can continue and build on the good work we have done!

If you have any questions or thoughts about these items, please let me know.  Thanks for all your work for the Friends and our libraries.

Wayne Onkst

President, Friends of Kentucky Libraries


Latest Blog Posts:

January 2023 Friends of KY Libraries Update

Friends chapter contact: Hope you had nice holidays and your new year is off to a great start!  The State Friends Board met earlier in January and we have a couple of items for your consideration. 1. Library Legislative Day is Thursday, February 9.  We encourage you to contact your Library Director as they are scheduling visits with Representatives and Senators so you can join them in these visits.  If you haven’t participated in these visits…

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Book Sale Alert!

Winter Book SaleFriends of Paul Sawyier Public Library317 Wapping StreetRiver RoomFrankfort, KY Tues., Jan. 31 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Friends’ Preview Day)Wed. & Thur. Feb. 1 & 2 10:00 am – 6:00 pmFri. Feb. 3 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSat., Feb. 4 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Bag and Box Day) Tuesday is Friends Preview Day. Memberships will be sold at the door. Membership is $10.00 for family, $5.00 for individual, and $3.00 for…

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2022 Annual Meeting Recap and Photos

I want to update you following our annual meeting on Oct. 29 and add a few action items.  For many of you who were there, this will be a recap.  Thanks much to those who attended and participated!  Based on the evaluations, I think we had a very successful meeting – finally being able to meet in person after 3 years!  I want to especially thank and recognize those who sponsored the program: Elaine Wilson,…

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Book Sale Alert!

Summer Book SaleFriends of Paul Sawyier Public Library319 Wapping StreetRiver RoomFrankfort, KY Tues., Aug. 2 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Friends’ Preview Day)Wed. & Thur., Aug 3 & 4 10:00 am – 6:00 pmFri. Aug. 5 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSat., Aug. 6 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Bag and Box Day) Tuesday is Friends Preview Day. Memberships will be sold at the door. Membership is $10.00 for family, $5.00 for individual, and $3.00 for…

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ANNUAL MEETING – OCTOBER 29, 2022

The Friends of Kentucky Libraries will be holding its annual meeting on October 29 at Embassy Suites by Hilton at Lexington Green which is adjacent to the Joseph Beth that will host the Kentucky Book Festival on that day.  Travel grants will be offered to local friends chapters traveling from a distance.  More details will follow.

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We realize that the last 2 years have been tough on Friends groups across the state – like so many other volunteer groups.  In order to resume your activities or strengthen your ability to support your library – there may be some type of financial support you could use.  The Friends Board has voted to provide 10 grants of $500 to Friends chapters this fall to help get back on track.  We’re working on the application forms and will get them to you soon.  In the meantime, be thinking of how you might use this small grant to build your Friends in your community.


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Let Us Know About Your Events!

Let us help you promote meetings, legislative activities, and book sales!  For a recent list of statewide events the FKL have participated in, please visit our “Events” page. Send your flyers, articles, or event info to: contact@friendskylibraries.org

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