National Friends of Libraries Week
2008 CelebrationsShare your story and pictures! If your Friends or library celebrated National Friends of Libraries Week, please send photographs and a summary of your activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to let us know the names of the people in the pictures and the name of your organization!
Friends of the Allen (TX) Public LibraryThe Friends held a "Chocolate Friendzy" celebration during National Friends of Libraries Week to thank their members for supporting the Friends. Admission is free to all members, and any nonmember who wants to attend simply joins.
This was the 25th anniversary of the Friends of the Allen (TX) Public Library, so they had a special demonstration by the Guinness Book of Records holder for strawberry-dipping in chocolate, Collin Gouldin. He broke his own record, dipping 54 strawberries in one minute!
The main event of the evening is the chocolate goodies competition. Members sign up to bring chocolate goodies. The Friends have judges who get to sample everything (there were 19 entries this year) and judge which is the best in each category, plus a 'Chocolate Champion' (the best of the best). There is also a 'People's Choice' winner.
Pictured above left is Collin Gouldin celebrating his new Guinness record. Pictured at right is Jill Stroud (left), the 2008 Chocolate Friendzy chairman, and Jean Mattock, the 2008 'Chocolate Champion.'
Pasco County (FL) Library SystemFriends, library staff, Board members, and county officials recognized National Friends of Libraries Week with an official proclamation in Hudson, FL.
Pictured below from left to right, Pasco County Library System Director Linda Allen; Friends President Loraine Cors; Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand; Land O'Lakes Friends member Susanne Abbott; Land O'Lakes Friends member Joan Clark; Land O'Lakes Library Branch Manager Nancy Fredericks; Marilynn deChant, New Port Richey City Council; Betty Holland, Library Advisory Board member.
Friends of the Fayette County (GA) Public LibraryThe Fayette County Commission issued a proclamation of October 19-25, 2008 as National Friends of Libraries Week and recognized the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library for their contributions to the Fayette County Library. Commission Chairman Jack Smith presented the official proclamation to President Arlys Ferrell and thanked the Friends for their volunteerism and financial support of the library staff and programs.
Pictured are: Arlys Ferrell, President, Dortha Stinson, Vice President, Jim Born, Vice Treasurer, Maureen Born, Hospitality, Jack Smith, County Commissioner, Christeen Snell, Library Director.
Friends of the Richard Bland College Library (College of William & Mary, Petersburg, VA)The Friends hosted a "Fabulous Flea Market Auction" during National Friends of Libraries Week. In addition to the auction, the Friends also hosted a Longaberger basket and baking dish raffle.
Pictured are: Co-chair of the Friends of Richard Bland College Library, Carole Summerville, with Richard Bland College student Michael Austin drawing the winning ticket for the Longaberger basket. To the left, student library assistants Alan Bartlett and Jill Baugher.