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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Web Site: mass.gov/mblc

News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 24, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Friends Sharing With Friends 2005

On Saturday, September 17, 2005, a half-day workshop for Library Friends will be held at the Best Western-Yankee Drummer Inn in Auburn. Presented by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL), the workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Continental breakfast will begin at 9:30a.m.

Rockie Blunt, a professional communications consultant, will offer a program on conducting effective Friends meetings. This workshop will cover such topics as preparing a successful agenda, chairing the meetings, and keeping the discussion on track while handling problematic situations. Blunt is the Vice President of the Friends of the Beaman Memorial Library in West Boyston, and has been the featured speaker at many workshops on professional communication. In the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion on "Building Membership in Your Friends Group". Representatives from several Library Friends groups will talk about the methods they have used to attract new members to their organizations.

Everyone is invited to attend including Friends, Trustees and Library Staff. Please come to share ideas with other Library Friends in the Commonwealth.

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2005, 10 AM - 1:30 PM
WHERE: BEST WESTERN-YANKEE DRUMMER INN, AUBURN, MA

Please register with Maureen Killoran, Head of the Public Library Advisory Unit, by e-mail: Maureen.Killoran@state.ma.us

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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