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Toolkit on starting an academic friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit to those looking to start a friends of the library group at a college, community college or university.

Free toolkit on starting a school library friends group available from United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries has made available a free toolkit geared toward school librarians looking to create a friends of the library group.

“Friends Groups: Critical Support for School Libraries,” available at www.ala.org/united/friends, gives tips on gaining school support; raising the profile of the school library; generating excitement; establishing a friends group of parents, faculty and community members; creating a student friends group and more.

Applications for United for Libraries Trustee awards due Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the ALA Trustee Citation through Dec. 31, 2013.

Applications for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards due Dec. 2

PHILADELPHIA – Applications for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards are due Dec. 2, 2013.

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 20-26, 2013). Application materials are available at www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/friendsweek.

Scottoline, Kidd, Lippman, Henriquez at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at Midwinter Meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez will be among the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Virginia becomes latest state to provide United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy for their trustees

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Virginia recently joined Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Kansas and Utah in making the Trustee Academy available for its libraries through a multiple use purchase. 

“The Trustee Academy will enhance the Library of Virginia’s existing online tutorials for trustees and will assist the trustees of Virginia’s public libraries in carrying out their duties and responsibilities, “ said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway.

United for Libraries to present free webinar on how to start a Friends group during National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 20-26

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries is coordinating the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. As part of the celebration, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed will present a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

United for Libraries welcomes Kansas libraries as members

PHILADELPHIA — The State Library of Kansas has purchased United for Libraries membership for all 328 of the libraries in the state.

United for Libraries designates boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis a Literary Landmark

PHILADELPHIA - United for Libraries, in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) and the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, designated the boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minn. a Literary Landmark on Tuesday, July 16.

The ceremony was one of the linchpin events at Sauk Centre’s “Sinclair Lewis Days,” an annual, week-long festival celebrating the community and its most famous native son. Attendees included district 12B Rep. Paul Anderson and Sauk Center Mayor Brad Kirckof.

United for Libraries designates windmill at Stony Brook Southampton a Literary Landmark in honor of Tennessee Williams

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, designated the windmill at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University of New York a Literary Landmark in honor of Tennessee Williams on Saturday, July 13.

The site was selected because playwright Williams spent the summer of 1957 living in the windmill and writing the experimental play “The Day on Which a Man Dies” in response to the death of his friend Jackson Pollock the summer before. 

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