FoFCL Receives Two National Awards

Friends of Florence County Library (FOFCL) was selected as one of five 2008 Baker & Taylor Award winners for “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner.” The entry was based on successful planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement. Friends of Florence County Library will be recognized at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. FOFCL will receive a check for $1,000 along with a plaque from Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest information and entertainment service provider.

FOFCL has also been chosen by Friends of Libraries USA for the “Best Friends Award.” Based on materials that promote programs and special projects coordinated by Friends groups throughout the US, FOFCL was recognized for best Special Project Publicity for “South Carolina Celebrities Read,” a poster campaign that features photos of state senators, representatives, speakers and authors reading their favorite books. FOFCL also received recognition for the popular fundraiser, “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner,” as well as the Friends website. Entries for these awards were based on creativity, visual appeal, effectiveness of communication and visibility of Friends Group.

Friends of Florence County Library will be featured in an upcoming issue of The VOICE, national American Library Association newsletter, once the new website launches at www.ala.org/altaff.

Other Awards for Florence County Library

2001 Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Outstanding Program Award
for “A Celebration of Pee Dee Authors”

2003 Friends of South Carolina Libraries
John H. Landrum Advocacy Award
Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation

2004 Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Outstanding Program Award for Garrison Keillor’s
“A Prairie Home Companion” – The Rhubarb Tour

2005 Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Public Service Award
Senator Hugh Leatherman

2006 Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Business Award
Piggly Wiggly

2008 South Carolina Library Association
Friends of Library Award
Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation

2009 Baker & Taylor
Outstanding Program Award in 2008

2009 Friends of Libraries USA
Best Friends Award in 2008

2009 Governor’s Award in the Humanities
The Joe Stukes History Series

2009 South Carolina Library Association Best Librarian Award
Ray McBride, Director Florence County Library System

2010 LYRASIS Excellence Award, recipient Ray McBride, FCLS Director

Grants

2010 Humanities Council SC for Joe Stukes History Series