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United for Libraries to host webinar on ‘How to Dedicate a Literary Landmark in Your Community’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the webinar “How to Dedicate a Literary Landmark in Your Community” from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 25.

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

PHILADELPHIA – 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, 2013.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each winning group receives $1,000.

Emily J. Pointer Public Library to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Stark Young

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Emily J. Pointer Public Library in Como, Miss., will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Stark  Young on Thursday, March 28.

Applications for ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries, due April 15

CHICAGO— Applications are available for the ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries. Applications are due April 15, 2013.

This award honors and recognizes statewide advocacy for libraries with $1,000 and an honorable mention by the ALA president at the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

United for Libraries to host webinar on 'Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees'

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the webinar “Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 9.

Led by United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed, this webinar will provide strategies and tips for working effectively with library trustees. Topics will include orientation for new trustees, understanding roles, meetings, emergencies and effective communication.

Langston Hughes Library designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

Hughes wrote more than 860 poems in his lifetime and was heralded as an author of short stories, plays, essays, anthologies and as a journalist from the 1920’s until his death in 1967. Although Hughes lived in Harlem, the library was named in his honor in 1969 when it opened for public service.

Paula Poundstone to headline “The Laugh’s On Us Sponsored by SAGE”

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us" sponsored by SAGE,” featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Citizens-Save-Libraries grant application deadline extended to April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15, 2013.

The 20 grants will support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets by sending expert advocates to library sites over the next two years. The expert advocates will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Syd Hoff home designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — The Miami Beach, Fla., home of children’s book author and cartoonist Syd Hoff was designated a Literary Landmark during a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Langston Hughes Library to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA —  Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center will be designated a Literary Landmark at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

A plaque will be placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration, which will begin at 11 a.m. with a film screening of “Hughes Dream Harlem” and continues with a lecture, music and more. The community is invited. Admission is free.

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