Friends of the Library groups to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27, 2012

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/18/2012

Contact:

Jillian Kalonick
Marketing / Public Relations
United for Libraries (United)
800-545-2433 ext.2160
jkalonick@ala.org

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is coordinating the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2012.

The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership and also giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the United for Libraries website include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more. Those celebrating the week are encouraged to share their activities by emailing united@ala.org or tweeting with the hashtag "nfolw12".

United for Libraries is pleased to announce a sixth year of awards in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week. Winners will also receive a free copy of "Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books" by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya (Dial/Random House, 2012). Application materials are available on the United for Libraries website. Entries are due by Dec. 3, 2012.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

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