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Sarah Jessica Parker to unveil first Book Club Central pick at 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” says award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker. During the President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition on Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Chicago, Parker will unveil her first title selection as part of the official launch of ALA Book Club Central, for which she will serve as Honorary Chair.

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

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, 2017.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 45 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library and Holdrege (Neb.) Area Friends of the Library are winners of United for Libraries’ 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards.

Each group received $250 and were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library (Hollywood, Fla.) and Friends of the Tellico Village Library, Inc. (Loudon, Tenn.) earned honorable mentions for their efforts.

United for Libraries mourns the loss of Sandy Dolnick

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Sandra (Sandy) Friedman Dolnick, founder and former executive director of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), the preceding organization to United for Libraries, died on Dec. 11, 2016, after a long illness.

Matthew Quick among the authors at United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Matthew Quick (“The Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Lisa Wingate, Mary Kay Andrews, Pam Jenoff, Kathy Hepinstall and Emily Fridlund at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Jan. 23 at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

United for Libraries, ALA Conference Services present ‘Spotlight on Adult Literature’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries and ALA Conference Services will present “Spotlight on Adult Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center Exhibit Hall at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Participating publishers will host book and galley giveaways, author signings and more.

Sally Gardner Reed, United for Libraries present a guide to working with Friends groups

CHICAGO — Executive Director of United for Libraries and former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., Sally Gardner Reed has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve, and (sometimes) exasperate.

Program for public library directors and their trustees to be featured in Symposium on the Future of Libraries

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — As part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, United for Libraries will present “Building the Future: Public Library Directors and Their Trustees Making Future Policy Decisions Together!” on Sunday, Jan. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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