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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. 

Boyhood home of Sinclair Lewis to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

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

Windmill at Stony Brook Southampton to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries in honor of Tennessee Williams

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

The 82-acre campus is part of SUNY (State University of New York) Stonybrook. In the summer of 1957, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams lived in the campus windmill and wrote an experimental play, “The Day on Which a Man Dies,” responding to the death of his friend, Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

'Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff into Federal Advocacy!' at ALA Annual, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff into Federal Advocacy!” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Sunday, June 30 at McCormick Place S103a at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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