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Patricia Glass Schuman named lifelong member of United for Libraries board

PHILADELPHIA  At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both nationally and internationally throughout her career.  Her official position will be Board Member at Large.

Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

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 April 15.

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 to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Trustees” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Libby Post, president of Communication Services, will provide valuable information on advocacy and library campaigns. Since 2005, Post has worked with dozens of libraries to help them achieve financial stability and sustainability and has won 80 percent of the library campaigns she has headed.

United for Libraries to host discussion groups for friends, trustees and foundations at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host discussion groups for Friends group members, trustees and library Foundation staff/volunteers at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. All discussion groups will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC).

These are open forum discussion groups that give friends, trustees and foundation volunteers/staff an opportunity to network with others from around the country. Topics are determined by the interests of those in attendance.

Author signings, ARCs and more at 'Spotlight on Adult Literature' at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, along with ALA Conference Services, will sponsor “Spotlight on Adult Literature” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Exhibit Hall at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

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

United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Sarah Josepha Hale

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the trustees of the Richards Free Library in Newport, N.H., designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Sarah Josepha Hale on Saturday., Nov. 23.

Greenway and Zevin added to Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA — Alice Greenway and Gabrielle Zevin have been added to the line-up for  United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  

Greenway and Zevin will join Lisa Scottoline, Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Lippman and Cristina Henriquez in discussing their writing lives and forthcoming books.

Applications for Trustee Conference Grant due Jan. 15

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through Jan. 15, 2014.

Join ALA and United for Libraries as a personal member by Feb. 28 and receive a free book

PHILADELPHIA — New United for Libraries personal members who join by Feb. 28 will receive their choice of “The Complete Library Trustee Handbook” or “Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.” Add United for Libraries to a current ALA personal membership, or join both ALA and United for Libraries as personal member.

Deadline to apply for National Friends of Libraries Week Awards extended to Dec. 31

PHILADELPHIA – The deadline to apply for United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries Week Awards has been extended to Dec. 31, 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.

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