Friends of Maine Libraries

Helping the People Who Help Maine's Libraries

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:

  • Falmouth Memorial Library for a project Flukes - A Ukulele Community Band Program  
  • Peabody Memorial Library (Jonesport) for a Community Movies project.  

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. 

FOML brochure 2014.pdf

Friends of Maine Libraries Week

Governor Paul LePage proclaimed October 19-25, 2014 as Friends of Maine Libraries Week throughout the state of Maine and urged all Maine citizens to recognize this observance. 

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Letter of Support

Hi Everyone,

Back around 2003 after the first-ever Teen Summer Reading Program at Auburn Public Library we decided to write a grant for $500 to FOML for fall/winter programming and called it Arts Infusion....two of the offerings would include comic book drawing and guitar instruction for teens and we got the grant....(I still have the hand-written letter confirming that we had gotten the grant). We would not have been able to provide those programs, at the time, without the grant.

Last fall, the public library in Raymond which has a teeny tiny budget for programming AND how valued this library is for children we decided to submit a grant for $750 for informational children's books and a Maine author for a bedtime story time. The library was awarded the grant....exactly 10 years FOML has been doing great work for a long time....

Grants aren't the only thing they offer....if you have a moment take a look at the website.

I have just sent my check in for $25 to the Friends of Maine Libraries to renew my membership and have printed out some brochures from their website to hand out in the library. This check is one of best checks I have written in a while!!

Sally Holt
Raymond Village Library

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