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Kaminski wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Jennifer Kaminski, secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Ky.

Kaminski will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference.

Pearson elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Peter Pearson, lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group, has been elected 2019-2020 United for Libraries president. Pearson will serve as president-elect during 2018-2019 under United for Libraries President Skip Dye.

Black wins United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant to Dyanna Black of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Friends of the Library.

Black will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference.

Black is vice president of the UMKC Friends board, as well as chair of its fundraising committee.

Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2018.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 47 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick explores the meaning of faith

Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle latest title chosen for ALA Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle, on sale today, as the latest addition to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Book Club Central SJP list. Anatomy of a Miracle is a remarkable novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery, and explores faith, science, mystery and the meaning of life.

‘Spotlight on Book Clubs’ at Midwinter to highlight book club picks

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Attendees of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver are invited to attend the “Spotlight on Book Clubs” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Colorado Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

Deadline extended: ALA Trustee Citation nominations due March 1

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through March 1, 2018.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

United for Libraries to host Institute for Friends, Foundations, and Trustees at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 1-4 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center 107/109/11 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free afternoon of expert speakers and learning opportunities. Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries will deliver the keynote on “Friends, Foundations, Trustees, and the Future of Libraries.”

Concurrent breakout sessions will be:

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant due Jan. 15

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2018.

Susan Wiggs among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Wiggs, Silas House, Elisabeth Hyde, Ariel Lawhon, Molly Tanzer and Spencer Wise  will be among the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

A light offering of tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats will be served. A book signing will follow. United for Libraries will recognize the winners of the 2017 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards during the program.