2021 National Friends of Libraries Week

National Friends of Libraries Week is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for October 17-23, 2021.

What is Friends of Libraries Week? It might be best described as a yearly celebration of all that Friends do for their libraries and communities. United for Libraries, the Friends arm of the American Library Association, first conceptualized it as a springboard for fundraising campaigns, membership recruitment, and general Friends recognition.

There is no wrong way to celebrate. Creative examples include:


✔ a large-scale and themed “coupon” giveaway in Escanaba, Michigan, which induced hundreds of residents to visit a Friends book sale for the very first time;

✔ a Pirate’s Treasure Party in Conroe, Texas (where, spoiler alert, the “pirates” declared the library’s collections as the town’s most prized treasure);

✔ a “gnomination” campaign in Mansfield, Texas, where Friends encouraged friends and neighbors to join the ranks with a membership information packet delivered to their doorstep - with a garden gnome as its courier and paperweight!

Each of these projects, and dozens more besides, have won one of United for Libraries’ annual Friends of Libraries Week Awards. It comes with a cash prize and major national kudos.
 Click here to learn more about the 2021 awards cycle, and be sure to get your bid in by the December 3 deadline.

Not ready to try something on quite this scale? Don’t worry. United for Libraries has a wide variety of replicable ideas, templates, and other resources
 on their website for you to peruse. Happy planning!