Sharing Good Idea #1

Good Idea #1: Little things you can do that can help

Grow your library, support your community and help make your library an enjoyable place to visit. Have you got some good ideas you would like to share with other Friends' Groups? Contact Daniel Ferguson.


Woorayl (Vic)
Published South Gippsland Country Fare cookbook and sold over 600 copies within 3 months.
Cooloola (Qld)
Produced an excellent Induction Booklet for new members of the Friends, containing information on Council, Library, a Who's Who and How to do it.
Willunga & Aldinga (SA)
Provided computer classes, making technology available to all age groups.
Alexandra (Vic)
The junior Friends raised over $2000 for the purchase of an Encyclopedia, from a hamper raffle to which goods were supplied by local businesses and the Rotary Club.
Gladstone (Qld)
Friends are offered a discount on the use of the Internet terminal and printing from PC's.
Barossa (SA)
Sponsor a local history project, with prizes for local secondary school students.
Stirling (SA)
Joined with the library service in the design and issue of bookmarks that double as date due slips.
Tamworth (NSW)
Held a 'Paperback, Plonk & Plate' afternoon when local councilors, MP's and local identities were invited to supply a book title important to them. They were then invited to attend the afternoon and speak about the book.
Doveton (Vic)
Presents an annual Children's Writing and Poetry Competition.
Frankston (Vic)
Produced A Memorandum of understanding between the library and the Friends, creating goodwill and an understanding of each other's roles.
Geraldton (WA)
Assisted the library in having a dedicated seniors PC and established a Seniors Net.
Launceston (Tas)
Produced a limited edition of 1000 posters of Stephen Spurling's Panorama of Launceston 1881 providing an outstanding promotional and fundraising event.
Stirling (SA)
Embarked on a high profile campaign during the local government elections to bring to the public notice the vital role played by public libraries. Letters were sent to all Council candidates.
Hub (SA)
One fundraising measure was conducting computer courses with the aid of 9 skilled volunteer tutors, raising $6,000 in 12 months.
Tumbarumba (NSW)
presented a Theatre Restaurant Evening and raised $5,000 with a profit of $1,000. Local newspapers, regional radio and television provided advertising free of charge.
Thuringowa (Qld)
Conduct talks and seminars bi-monthly on a variety of subjects - Snakes, Family History, Modern Banking Practices.
Inverloch (Vic)
Organised 'Books on Wheels' to the emergency housebound residents.
Gladstone (Qld)
Local bookstore agreed to donate deleted stock towards the next Friends booksale.
Brighton (SA)
Members receive a 10% discount from local bookshops - Dymocks and Mary Martin.
Cowra (NSW)
Every new baby born in Cowra is given a storybook - Books for Babies.
West Gippsland (Vic)
The Library Corporation sponsored a joint Community Advisory Committee and Friends Day.
Hastings (NSW)
Friends conducted a campaign amongst candidates for the local council elections to draw attention to the importance of the library. 24 candidates were written to and responses reviewed prior to the election.
Unley (SA)
A new fundraising venture is to have local businesses sponsor magazines in the library.
Heywood (Vic)
New people entering the library are invited to join themselves or a friend for $2. A certificate of membership is then sent.


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