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ALA announces 2019 Policy Corps members

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the names of 10 library and information professionals selected to participate in the 2019 ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

'United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees' to be held at ALA Midwinter Meeting

A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Saturday, January 26, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Seattle Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and library staff are invited to join a free afternoon of learning opportunities. Jan Masaoka, chief executive officer of the California Association of Nonprofits, will deliver the keynote: “Be Passionate About Your Library! Creating and Developing Effective Advocates for Your Library.”

Wayétu Moore among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Wayétu Moore, Juliet Grames, Chris Pavone, Clare Mackintosh, Annie Ward, and G. Willow Wilson will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 27 at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

ALA Trustee Citation nominations due Jan. 7

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through Jan. 7, 2019.

Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick is Heartland, a personal story of working-class poverty in America

Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth chosen for ALA’s Book Club Central

United for Libraries to partner on 'Summer Scares' reading program

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is developing a “Summer Scares” reading program that will provide libraries and schools with an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers. The goal is to introduce new authors and help librarians start conversations with readers that will extend beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come.

HWA is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal on “Summer Scares.”

United for Libraries to coordinate National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 21-27

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018.

National Friends of Libraries Week 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.

Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick is a radiant retelling of Liberia’s early years

Wayétu Moore’s ‘She Would Be King’ latest title chosen for ALA Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King (Graywolf Press) as her latest pick for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Book Club Central. She Would Be King reimagines the story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters, intermingling history and magical realism.

Friends of Shelby Area District Library and Friends of the Ravenna Library receive United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Friends of the Shelby (Michigan) Area District Library and the Friends of the Ravenna (Nebraska) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their libraries. Each group receives $1,000 and a plaque from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements.