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.

Grant Application

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 
Annual Conference
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:

  • Creativity in developing services and programs that can be replicated by other libraries, including outreach to special populations.
  • Innovation in introducing and supporting public access to computers and the Internet.
  • Success in educating patrons in computer use, and measuring the results of technology usage.
  • Use of technology to expand the reach of library services.
  • Demonstrated community support.
  • Sustained cooperation with other libraries.
  • Partnerships with other agencies and businesses.
  • Increase in library use, particularly by new users.
  • Evidence of library's role as community center.
To be eligible, a library must demonstrate outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less. (All but six of Maine's public libraries would be eligible.) For more information see Award Nomination Guidelines.

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.

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FOML brochure.pdf

For you to print and handout to patrons and supporters.

Upcoming events

25 Sep 2015 8:30 AM • Hilton Garden Inn off of Hogan Road in Bangor

Friends of Maine Libraries Week

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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