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:
Maintaining a Friends Group in Mississippi:
- 2017 Friends Membership Renewal (PDF)
- File IRS Form 990 e-Postcard
- First time filing? Follow the IRS User Guide
Tools to Help Friends of the Library
- United for Libraries: With its mission to motivate and support citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries, the United for Libraries website features many resources that can enhance a chapter’s program.
- Libraries Need Friends: Starting a Friends Group or Revitalizing the One You Have by Sally Gardener Reed, a free toolkit geared mostly toward public library Friends groups, but with good tips on membership and outreach for Friends groups of any type.
- Understanding Roles: The Separate But Complementary Roles of Friends, Trustees, and Library Directors will help you define the roles of the Friends, Trustees, and library staff in working together to support 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