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Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc.

As charitable organizations in Mississippi, local Friends chapters can choose to share the Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc.’s U.S. Internal Revenue Service 501 (c)(3) non-profit designation. It is also important for all Friends chapters to register as tax-exempt charitable organization with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Charities/Pages/default.aspx

Starting a Friends Group in Mississippi:
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Tools to Help Friends of the Library

Diverse Books in Mississippi Public Libraries, Pilot Project

The State Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc. is sponsoring a pilot project to get diverse books into Mississippi Public Libraries. In partnership with the Center for the Book at the Mississippi Library Commission, the State Friends will provide a collection of 10 books that highlight diversity to (4) Mississippi public libraries with supporting Friends of the Library groups. Awarded applicants will be able to select (10) titles from a curated list provided by the “We Need Diverse Books” organization and Mississippi Library Commission Staff.

Applicants must demonstrate the need for diversity in their collection through census or public library statistics and library staff testimony regarding diversity gaps in the local library collection.

See the application for more details: https://goo.gl/forms/jgVRS5RHDPxgOjgB2

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2017
Awards Announced: July 1st, 2017

The Margaret Murray Grant

The purpose of The Margaret Murray grant is to advance library programming and literacy for Mississippi public libraries through activities sponsored by the local Friends of Mississippi Libraries chapters.

Deadline: February 24th, 2017
Awards will be announced: April 3rd, 2017