2019 Friends, Foundations & Boards Award Winners

Outstanding Program Award
Friends of the Murray Hill Library

Friends of the Murray Hill Library (FMHL) planned a dual-purpose event combining the library’s milestone 50th anniversary with the re-dedication/renaming of the branch in honor of the late Bill Brinton (1959 – 2017), one of the library’s staunchest supporters and founder of the FMHL. An active advocacy volunteer group that supports the 21-branch Jacksonville Public Library system and specifically its neighborhood branch in the close-knit Murray Hill area, the FMHL tirelessly planned, researched, and worked closely with library administration, staff, public officials and community sponsors to make the event a fun, inclusive, educational and meaningful experience. The celebration turned out to be a heartfelt tribute that made a powerful and lasting impact on the entire community.

Friends Newsletter of the Year
Friends of the North Miami Library

The BookWorms is a quarterly publication with bright colorful graphics put together by the members of the Friends of the North Miami Library under the direction of Susan Neuman. Each issue includes a message from the Friends president and a message from the Library Director. Hard copies of the newsletter are available at the library and given to members to distribute to community shops, restaurants and other businesses, as well as various city departments. The Friends are ensuring maximum exposure of their activities with this distribution strategy.

Friends Website
Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library

The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library’s website highlights their independent bookstore, art gallery and book clubs, as well events. The website was designed to promote each of these endeavors, as well as provide information about Board members and other key personnel, and the funding provided to the Boca Raton Public Library. The book club page lists upcoming book club selections, while the art gallery page displays information about the current exhibit and art gallery exhibitor application information. The membership page allows new and returning members to sign up to pay annual dues. The blog postings include volunteer interviews, bookstore information and event news. The website does an excellent job of keeping the community informed about the large variety of activities in which the Friends are involved.