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Become a Library Friend During National Friends of Libraries Week!

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It's National Friends of Libraries Week

What is a library Friend, you ask? Since the beginning of the American library movement, Friends groups have been formed by citizens using their collective powers to do everything from running a book sale to ensuring that our American library legacy remains viable.  Library Friends groups are incredibly important. They can literally make the difference between a budget increase and cut for their libraries. 

Are you interested in becoming more involved with your local library? If so, consider becoming a library Friend. By contributing as a library Friend, you can make a lasting difference for your library and community.

Does your local library have a Friends group? Talk to your local librarian to find out if it does, and learn what kinds of efforts the Friends group takes on. Tasks range from hosting book sales, bake sales, or fundraising efforts to voicing support for the library by attending town hall meetings and city council meetings or just spreading the word about the great services and value the library brings to your community. There's a Friends group for everyone, from Teens to Academics to Media Centers.

If your library doesn't have a Friends group, don't worry. You can start your own. Learn more about all of the exciting things that Friends groups do and can do, or simply contact United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, at for tips on how to get involved.

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