Fantastic Friends Award

2017 Donna Forand Fantastic Friends Award

*Is your Friends of the Library group a current MFOL member?*
*Did they do something fantastic and creative in the last 12 months?*

Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Donna Forand Fantastic Friends Award. The winning group receives $300, a commemorative plaque, and $200 for their library. The recipients will be honored at MFOL’s Friends Sharing With Friends on October 21, 2017.

Nominations may be made by the Friends, Library Director, or Board of Trustees, but please note that we can only award to current MFOL members. If you are unsure of membership status, please e-mail MFOL at and we will confirm your group’s status.

This award is for a creative activity – not a traditional Friends activity (e.g. annual/ongoing book sale). The activity can be a single event or a short-term connected series, and must have taken place between June 2016 and May 2017. Completed nominations are due by September 9, 2017, and they must include the following under Background Information and Factors for Award.

Background Information:

  • Name of nominated Friends group
  • Person or group nominating them
  • Address, phone and e-mail of contact person

Factors for Award:

  • Impact of the Friends activity on the Library’s ability to better serve the community
  • Degree of creativity/innovation involved in the activity
  • Cost effectiveness of the activity
  • Extent the community was involved in the activity

Completed nominations must reach MFOL by September 9, 2017.
They can be mailed or e-mailed to:

Massachusetts Friends of Libraries
P.O. Box 828
Falmouth, MA 02541

OR, e-mail to:

Past Recipients:

2016: Friends of the Taft Library, Mendon, for Cow Chip Bingo fundraiser
2015: Friends of the Salisbury Public Library, for Oil Painting/Jigsaw Puzzle fundraiser (
2014: Friends of the Boxford Town Library, for Flavors of the Farm fundraiser
2013: Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, for Children’s Shopping Day holiday program (
2012: Friends of the Maynard Public Library, for Maynard Reads Together program

More details about these winning programs can be found in the MFOL winter newsletters.

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