Libraries play an essential role in providing resources and information for free to communities across the country in safe, accessible spaces. Librarians know, however, much of their strength and ability to serve their communities comes from the support of Friends of the Library groups.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Library Services Team invites you to help celebrate the advocates of Wisconsin’s libraries from October 16-22, during the 17th Annual National Friends of Libraries Week.
Next week, consider taking time to thank those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. Whether it be the official Friends of the Library, library trustee, a foundation member, or local volunteers, these partnerships create a powerful support network for libraries. Such groups highlight the importance of library services, which include the expertise librarians provide, diverse all-ages programming, and the safety of a welcoming space -- available to all members of our communities.
National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. For more information and ideas on how to promote and thank your Friends of the Libraries, visit www.ala.org/united.