Our mission is to support and advocate for all Maine libraries, and to serve as a resource for existing and evolving Friends groups.
Library Trustee Handbook
The Maine Library Trustee Handbook was recently revised in April 2015. This handbook is designed to help Maine library trustees in their roles of being an effective board member and library advocate.Chapter 20: Library Friends Groups [PDF, 247 KB] may be of interest to Friends groups.
You can download the entire handbook (32 MB - big download!) or download a chapter at a time by the topic area. Hard copies of the Maine Trustees Handbook are available at your local public library. Extra copies can be purchased and mailed to you for $15.00 per manual by emailing Cheryl Ramsay.
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.
Maine Library Friends Groups
Does your library's Friends Group have a webpage? Please share it with us so that we can add it to the Maine Library Friends page.
Did your library's Friends Group have an amazing event that you would like to share with other libraries? Please contact the Website Manager and send a blurb and perhaps a photo. We would love to hear about all the wonderful things you are doing.
Reminder: Check out the Fundraising page for ideas to help raise money for your library.
2014 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Friends of Maine Libraries Grant of $750 each:
Since 1994, Friends of Maine Libraries has awarded grants to Maine Libraries to enhance library services and result in stronger library-community relationships. See Grant Recipients for details.
Friends of Maine Libraries has a brochure that you can print to handout to patrons and supporters of your library.