United for Libraries

Friends of the Library groups recognized with United for Libraries’ Best Friends Awards

PHILADELPHIA —Nine Friends of the Library groups have received Best Friends Awards from United for Libraries.

Best Friends Awards are given to Friends groups for outstanding publicity and marketing materials that promote the group and its programs and projects. The awards do not evaluate the type or scope of Friends programs; rather, they evaluate the quality of the print and electronic materials used to promote Friends programs. Award categories include print newsletters, membership, digital publicity, program/special project publicity and fundraisers/book sales.

United for Libraries secures $75,000 from Neal-Schuman Foundation

Citizens-Save-Libraries grants will target 20 threatened communities for advocacy training

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has secured $75,000 from the Neal-Schuman Foundation to support library advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets. The Citizens-Save-Libraries grants will send expert advocates to 20 locations over the course of two years to help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Strater Hotel designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Louis L’Amour

PHILADELPHIA — Room 222 of the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colo., was recently dedicated a Literary Landmark in honor of Western author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988).

In addition to many other visits, for more than 10 years L'Amour, and often his family, spent the month of August staying in room 222 of the Strater Hotel. The room was directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon, where he said the sounds inspired him to write.

Help LLAMA and United for Libraries develop fundraising programs for librarians and advocates

PHILADELPHIA — The Library Leadership & Administration Association (LLAMA) and United for Libraries are requesting feedback via a survey as they work together to develop a pre- or post-conference event on fundraising for the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Conference, in addition to webinars on fundraising.

United for Libraries name change becomes official

PHILADELPHIA — As of Sept. 4, 2012, the American Library Association (ALA) division formerly known as  the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) will be known as "United for Libraries."

Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration

PHILADELPHIA  — The free webcast “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration” is now available from United for Libraries.

This 40-minute webcast gives libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012) in their libraries and community. The webcast is led by United for Libraries’ Director of Marketing and Communications Beth Nawalinski and Marketing/Public Relations Specialist Jillian Kalonick.

Hackley Public Library dedicated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF in honor of Verna Aardema Vugteveen

PHILADELPHIA — ALTAFF partnered with Friends of the Hackley Public Library on Tuesday, June 12, to dedicate Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, Mich., as a Literary Landmark in honor of award-winning children’s author and storyteller Verna Aardema Vugteveen (1911-2000).

Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration with a webinar from ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA — ALTAFF will host a webinar, “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration,” from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 24.

Learn about board governance and development for Trustees, Friends and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Board Governance & Development for Library Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 10:30 a.m. to noon PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 209A, on Monday, June 25 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

ALTAFF to host ‘Historical Fiction @ your library’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA —  ALTAFF will host “Historical Fiction @ your library” from 10:30 a.m.-noon PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 202A, on Saturday, June 23 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Historical fiction is popular in libraries of all types. Come listen to best-selling authors talk about their latest books. Featured authors will be:


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