About the Friends
The Friends of the Gloversville Public Library was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1974 to assist the library in its mission of serving this community. The Friends have more than 300 members who donate time, as well as money, to help improve the Gloversville Public Library. If you are able to donate time or money to the Friends, fill out our membership form today.
The Friends recognize that an excellent library is a cornerstone of our community that provides everyone with the opportunity to engage in life-long learning and to connect with the ideas of others from past to present. A quality library helps to attract new people and businesses to an area. Libraries preserve our past and are a tremendous resource for planning our future. So the Friends’ mission is simple—raise funds and use them in any way possible to improve the collection and services of their Library for the benefit of all community members. These funds are used to purchase various items to improve the collection, including books, DVDs, audiobooks, and computer software. They also buy equipment for the Library, such as book trucks and portable air conditioners. They provide funding for remodeling projects, like new carpeting, and horizontal blinds. The Friends’ donations to the Gloversville Public Library have averaged more than $10,000 annually.
The following change to the Friends' By-laws has been proposed and will be voted on at the September 6, 2018 membership meeting. If approved then, it would go into effect immediately.
“Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the Gloversville Public Library on the first Thursday of each month except in July.”
Proposed change in wording:
“Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the Gloversville Public library on the first Thursday of the following months: January, March, May, August, September and November.”
The Friends have several fund-raisers throughout the year.
Book Sales. Traditionally the Friends hold two two-day book and bake sales annually, in June and October. With the renovation of the Carnegie building, these have been temporarily suspended.
Celebration. From 2007-2014, the centerpiece of the Friends' fundraising effort had been the annual Celebration. Over the years, the Friends raised over $100,000. These funds have contributed to the renovation project as well as sponsored programs, collection development, and special events like the 2018 art show.
Membership Drive. You can join the Friends at any time by filling out this form. But each year, starting in October during National Friends of the Library Week, the Friends begin an annual membership drive. The Friends mail membership forms to existing and prospective members to solicit funds and volunteers.
Other Events. The Friends are always looking for new and exciting ways to raise money to support the library. Be sure to follow the library blog to gets news about these events as they are planned.
The Friends sponsor programming for library patrons of all ages. All of these programs are listed on the library's interactive calendar.
Story Times. Each Thursday at 10:30 pre-schoolers are welcome to enjoy a story, craft, and a small snack. School-aged children are invited to participate in storytelling and craft activities on certain Saturdays each month.
Box of Books. This program provides children’s books at local laundromats and at the Nathan Littauer Hospital, to help promote reading.
Library Grounds. The Friends help with spring clean up and install new plantings each spring. The Friends also provide seasonal exterior decorations.
National Friends of Libraries Week. The Friends also sponsor special programming in October during National Friends of Libraries week. In past years the Friends have donated a gift basket to the first baby born during Friends' Week, raffled off picture books for children, and sponsored special Library events and programming.