Welcome to the Official
KNIGHTS OF THE RING
Junior Friends of Libraries
"The fact that a serious educational purpose can be served in a library program that children actively enjoy makes these activities suspect to adults who have forgotten (if they ever knew) that there is joy in learning through reading. (The Knights of the Ring program) ...should convince the most unimaginative that reading, doing, learning and enjoying fit together."
School Library Journal
Shown above: Senior member
William Browning III (right), who has participated in the KNIGHTS OF
THE RING library program for fifteen years first as a teen and later as an
adult volunteer, steps forward to swear in and welcome new member, Barbara
Stadtmiller at the Pelham Public Library in Pelham, NH. Founder Donna Beales looks on (left).
(Photo courtesy of the Stadtmiller family).
About the Knights of the Ring
The exciting and adventure-filled Knights of the Ring program is perhaps the first and only library program designed specifically to build ongoing, long-term library support from young adults in the form of strong Junior Friends of Libraries organizations.
The Knights of the Ring program is fun, challenging, and educational, and has been used for nearly twenty years by public libraries and schools to promote libraries and the love of reading. Using a Medieval backdrop of 'long ago and far way,' young people strive, through imagination, wit, and self-directed research, to actually become modern-day knights in service to libraries.
The fun serves a very serious purpose--
to make a lasting impression on the lives of young people that libraries
are critically important.
The whole participation completely beated any our outlook.
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It is our hope that young adults who 'become knights' will take away with them the idea that they are the protectors and defenders of libraries everywhere, and will champion the cause of libraries into their adult years.
If you're a librarian, you'll find everything you need on these pages to fully replicate this professionally lauded program, which has been featured in several state-wide summer reading programs, adopted by hundreds of individual libraries worldwide, and praised in the pages of School Library Journal.
If you're a kid who's curious about the Knights of the Ring and how you too can become a modern-day Knight, check out the KidsLink.
Everything you need to start a chapter at your library.
Contact the Founder (she loves to hear from you)
Download a copy of the original program certificate (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Multiple copies of this document may be reproduced for distribution in your library.
Find out what kids think about the Knights of the
Ring. If you're interested in becoming a knight, this
link will answer the question, "How can I start a Knights of the
We are in the process of seeking nonprofit status
COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: Although we welcome others to link to our pages, the contents of this website are protected by United States Copyright Law, Title 17 U.S. Code. Under 'Fair Use,' libraries may download and print one (1) copy of the program manual for use in private scholarship or research. Other replication outside of 'Fair Use' as defined herein, with the exception of the Program Certificate, is strictly prohibited.
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This page was created as a graduate level course in the GSLIS program at Simmons College. Grateful acknowledgement is given to Professor Emeritus A.J. Anderson and Dean Em Claire Knowles for their assistance and support. This site was last updated: 10/28/2002