Friends of the LibrariesFriends of the Libraries raises funds for both the Mellon and Lower School Libraries. All donations raised by FOTL benefit the American Memorial Collection. AMC was founded in 1974 to honor ASL family members who tragically died in a plane crash and a further donation was made to AMC after another family perished in the Lockerbie disaster in 1988. The collection has grown to include hundreds of titles in both libraries and the fundraising efforts have allowed the librarians to enhance their collections both in terms of books and more recently, electronic resources. Funds are raised in the following ways:
- Books offered for sponsorship
- Funds raised through Amazon purchases
- Mellon Library Birthday Book Club
- One off donations
All members of the ASL community can sponsor a book either in school or online. During promotions throughout the school year, books from the Mellon Library and Lower School Library collections are available for sponsorship. Many people use this as an opportunity to make a lasting gift to recognize a teacher, student or other important person in their lives. Others sponsor a book to show their appreciation to the wonderful libraries of ASL. Books are also available throughout the year by visiting the Sponsor a Book page. All books are added to the American Memorial Collection and are inscribed to recognize the sponsorship (ebooks will get an online recognition). If desired, a note card will be sent to the teacher, student or other person so they know a gift has been made in their name.
Support the ASL libraries when you purchase items through Amazon. It is very easy and incurs no additional costs; just enter Amazon using either the US or UK sites. When you make a purchase, a percentage of the total sales will be credited to the FOTL account: the more items you purchase, the more FOTL earns! Create a bookmark so that every time you go to Amazon, you will go through the FOTL link (and feel free to pass these links to family and friends): www.asl.org/amazon
Mellon Library Birthday Book Club
FOTL runs a birthday book club for Mellon Library. For those familiar with the birthday book club in the Lower School Library, this is very similar. Students who participate will be invited to come to Mellon during the month of their birthday to choose a new book to dedicate to the library. A bookplate acknowledging their donation will be put in the book and, of course, they can check the book out of the library and read it! To participate, fill out the Birthday Book Club form available below. You can choose to participate at any time during the year even if your student’s birthday has already passed.
For grades 5-12: FOTL Birthday Book Club Form >>
For grades K-4: Lower School Library Birthday Book Club >>
One Off Donations
FOTL always welcomes one off donations. Recently, an alumnus decided to make a sizeable donation in honor of his parents. This donation was gratefully passed on to Mellon Library which used the funds to help cover the cost of new study tables. Other donors have decided that they wanted to support the libraries but did not want to go through the process of sponsoring a book – their funds have been put to good use in purchasing new books and other materials for the libraries. If you wish to make a donation, please email email@example.com.
FOTL Needs You!
FOTL is looking for volunteers throughout the year to plan and work at their book promotions. Please consider volunteering your time and talents with FOTL! Please email FOTL@asl.org for more information.