Our mission is to support and advocate for all Maine libraries, and to serve as a resource for existing and evolving Friends groups.
The 2015 Grant Application is available. We will be awarding one $500 grant to a library or Friends group in Maine for a special project that enhances library service and promotes stronger library-community relationships. Remember that you must have an Organizational Membership in order to be considered for a FoML Grant. Check the Directory to see if you are a member. Deadline is September 15th.
Save the Date!
The Friends of Maine Libraries
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Belfast Free Library
The conference theme is "Libraries and Friends: Past, Present and Future."
The featured speakers will be Linda Lord, former Maine State Librarian, and Jamie Ritter, who currently holds that position. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers with them, as well as lunch, the 2015 FoML Grant winner announcement, lots of networking, and an opportunity for attendees to share successes and solicit ideas regarding challenges and obstacles. We will also hold a brief annual meeting, as required by our by-laws.
The Belfast Library is graciously offering us the use of their meeting space. Belfast is a wonderful, funky small city to explore, and we hope you take full advantage of that on a lovely fall day. We are still working on finalizing important details, such as lunch, so we are not quite ready to begin registration. We want it to be affordable so that many Friends can attend and share. This conference promises to be an enjoyable and productive event for Maine libraries. I hope you will join us and invite a Friend.
Best Small Library in America
Do you think your library is the best? Library Journal's annual award is accepting nominations for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The winning library will receive $20,000 cash award, a feature story in the February 1, 2016, Library Journal, a membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as other benefits.
Nominations based on key factors, including:
Books for Babies
Organizations such as Friends of the Library can purchase Books for Babies packets from United for Libraries. These fully assembled (and affordable!) packets feature a board book for baby, baby’s first library card, and a variety of brochures with reading tips and early literacy information from nationally-recognized educational organizations. Groups often supplement the packets with information about local resources, including library locations and contact information as well as details about lapsit and preschool storyhours. Learn more and order your sample kit today.