New Orleans’s annual day of giving, Give NOLA Day, is May 4! Join us in supporting a love for learning, literacy and the amazing work of the New Orleans Public Library system with a donation.
Since 1957, Friends of NOPL has underwritten vital library programming, including literacy campaigns, summer reading, literary festivals, book purchases and scholarships for librarians to pursue advanced degrees while also providing many thousands of volunteer service hours to bridge the gap where city funding ends.
“May the 4th Be with You!” In the spirit of giving for GiveNOLA Day, the Friends’ mission is to visit each of the City’s 200+ Little Free Libraries (LFLs), filling them with plenty of books, CDs, and DVDs. Executive Director Dixon Stetler says “We see GiveNOLA Day as an opportunity to raise funds for the NOPL- but also as a way to give back to our city in a very grass roots way- neighborhood by neighborhood- book by book.” Through Little Free Libraries (LFLs), millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. New Orleans is proud to have over 200 LFLs in our city.
• FNOPL advocates for the accessibility of library programming for all genders, races and socioeconomic levels.
• FNOPL’s work focuses on programs that address, promote and advocate for literacy.• FNOPL contributes $80,000 annually to fund the Summer Reading Program, Virtual Reality activities for teens, young adult skill building workshops, adult literacy classes, creative writing contests and Black History Month.
• FNOPL donates 200,000 books annually to LSU Children’s Hospitals, senior centers, military families, shelters, schools, prisons and provides free books to the over 200 Little Free Library stewards in New Orleans.
• FNOPL awards $9,000 in scholarships to 6 local librarians for graduate level coursework at Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science.
• FNOPL serve as the fiscal agent for the NOPL, currently managing all grants for library programming and facility improvements.
• FNOPL act as advocates for the library when they are unable to do so for themselves. Friends was instrumental in both the 2015 millage and the 2020 Vote “No” campaign. We are committed to continuing our advocacy to ensure the library receives the proper funding it needs to succeed.