Friends of Michigan Libraries Fall 2018 Workshop

  • October 4, 2018 - October 5, 2018
    5:00 am

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Dr, Lansing, MI 48917

The deadline for registration is Friday, September 21, 2018, with no refunds after September 28, 2018.

 “Best Practices: Key Steps to Improving Your Service as a Library Friend”

Synopsis:  Service as a library Friend works best when all the elements of service fall into place and activities are carried out with well-functioning practices and organization.  What are the key best practices that will help and guide you along your path to being a productive Friend serving your library and being an advocate for its services?


9:30 am – Registration and breakfast refreshments

10:00 am – Welcome and attendee introductions: Allison Arnold, FOML President
Mary Rzepczyaski, Library Director, Delta Township District Library and
Jane Thomas, President, Friends of the Delta Township District Library

10:10 am – “Friends of All Ages: Engaging with Youth Through Programming”
Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan

10:50 am – Morning Break

11:05 am – “Are You Organized – or Not? Key Organizational Principles for Successful                  Friends Groups” Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant, Library of Michigan

11:45 am – “Friends as Library Advocates”
Gail Madziar, Executive Director, Michigan Library Association

11:55 am – Lunch

12:45 pm – “All Pumped Up: Strategies for Friends’ Public Relations & Possible Fundraising Too” Trenton Smiley, Marketing + Communications Director, and Scott Duimstra,
Executive Director, Capital Area District Libraries

1:30 pm – Talk About Friends: What Knowledge Can You Share? Share Your Friends Success Stories and Other Information

 2:00 pm – Afternoon Break

2:15 pm – What Knowledge Can You Share? (New Discussion Table)

2:45 pm – Wrap-up & Workshop Evaluation

3:00 pm – Adjournment / Optional Library Tour


The morning and afternoon refreshments are provided by the

Friends of the Delta Township District Library.