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Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due May 5

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due May 5.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who 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.

United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for William Stafford

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of Lake Oswego (Ore.)  Public Library designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of William Stafford on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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 standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library receives town funding with help from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — Gilmanton (N.H.) Year-Round Library, one of 10 recipients of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully passed a warrant article requesting $52,000 from the town of Gilmanton on March 11.

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, 2014.

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.

Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library passes millage increase with help from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, one of 10 recipients of United for Libraries' 2013 Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants, successfully passed a millage increase of .0495 for the library on Feb. 25. The millage increased passed by an almost 3-to-1 margin.

As part of the Neal-Schuman Foundation Grants program, the library’s advocates received expert advocacy training and tools for their campaign by United for Libraries. The training for this campaign was provided by Libby Post of Communication Services.

Philippe Petit to speak at United for Libraries’ President’s Program at Annual

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present Philippe Petit, subject of the Academy Award-winning 2008 documentary “Man on Wire,” at United for Libraries President’s Program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire, Wis.) and the Friends of the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library were winners of United for Libraries’ 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each won $250, received a certificate, and were recognized at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

New United for Libraries toolkit available to Trustee members on insurance for libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries President Elect Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has written a toolkit on what Trustees and directors need to know about insurance for their library. The toolkit is available to United for Libraries members (personal or group membership as Trustees) in the Trustee Zone (www.ala.org/united/trusteezone).

Free copies of Lankes book now available to ALA Members, Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has consciously and vigorously embraced the position that libraries of all types are the locus of community engagement.  As the facilitator of the first round of Midwinter Conversations, R. David Lankes, professor at Syracuse iSchool, knows first-hand ALA’s commitment to community engagement and to turning outward.


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