5th Annual Friends Institute

Friends are Library Advocates

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries is proud to announce the upcoming fifth Friends Institute, an excellent learning opportunity and the day will include ample opportunity to network with other Friends, both old and new.

The day-long workshop will kick off with an exciting and informative presentation by our keynote speaker Michael Kumer, Principal of BoardsMTO (Made To Order). Michael has vast experience in working with nonprofits in general and libraries specifically. His keynote presentation,  'A’ is for Advocacy, will focus on creating and implementing an effective Advocacy Blueprint custom designed to help the library make (and keep) an abundance of friends and build an armada of community of support. Michael will also present the hands-on breakout session From Theory to Practice; Get Out There and Advocate.

The other five breakout sessions will cover topics on when to collect sales tax, how to handle small games of chance, selling books online, how to keep and revitalize Friends, how to organize a Junior Friends Group, Library Foundations vs Friends Groups, and the use of social media by Friends. Since there are three concurrent sessions at one time, consider sending more than one person to the Institute to cover all of the topics.

PCBL will also be presenting their annual awards (Friend of the Year and the Friends Groups of the Year).   

The PCBL Annual Meeting will be held after the Institute and all Friends are welcome to attend.

There will be a Swap Table where Friends Groups can provide copies of their newsletters, brochures, posters, etc for the taking. This is a great way to learn what other Friends Groups have done.



Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries

2018 Friends Institute

“Friends are Library Advocates”

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pittsburgh Marriott North

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast  

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and Introduction to PCBL 

Greg Thomas, President, PCBL 

Presentation of Friends Group of the Year Award

Presentation of Friend of the Year Award 

10:00 – 11:00 General Session:  “A” is for Advocacy 

Michael Kummer, Principal, BoardsMTO (Made To Order) 

11:00 – 11:15 Break 

11:15 – 12:15 Concurrent Sessions


Session 1:  From Theory to Practice; Get Out There and Advocate

Michael Kummer, Principal, BoardsMTO (Made to Order)

Session 2:  That’s Worth How Much? Tools and Tips for Online Bookselling Through Amazon

Brandt Ensor, Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library

Session 3:  Organizing Friends Groups and Junior Friends Groups

Janet Miller, President Friends of the Shaler North Hills Library

12:15– 1:15 Lunch 

1:15 – 2:15 Concurrent Sessions


Session 4:   Sales Tax; When to Charge It 

Tom Cully, Sales and Use Tax Audit Supervisor

                    Small Games of Chance

Diane Marburger, County Treasurer, Butler County


Session 5: Friends Group or Foundation?

Valerie Golik, Foundation Director, Rita Martin, Board Member, Laura Stember, Board Member, Northland Public Library

Session 6: Leverage Social Media and Other Free Tools to Support and Grow Your Program 

Dr. Stephanie Pennucci, Education Librarian/Assistant Professor, Millersville University

2:15 Adjourn

2:30 PCBL Annual Meeting 

Open to all Friends – Everyone is welcome to attend and see how PCBL works