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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.

Learn how to engage young adults at ‘Teens on Boards, Oh Yes!’, presented by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present  “Teens on Boards, Oh Yes! Library Boards, Friends Boards, and Engaging Teens” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. CDT on Monday, July 1 at McCormick Place N427d at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

A panel of speakers will share their experiences and tips for engaging teens on library Boards of Trustees and the boards of Friends groups.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 28 in McCormick Place S501bc at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Friends, Trustees and advocates, including the fiduciary responsibilities of boards. The program will be led by Dora U. Sims, trustee at Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library and Trustee-at-Large, United for Libraries, and Shirley A. Bruursema, trustee at Kent (Mich.) District Library.

United for Libraries welcomes all 83 libraries in North Dakota as members

PHILADELPHIA — All 83 libraries in North Dakota are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the North Dakota State Library.

“The North Dakota State Library has enrolled the public libraries of the state in United for Libraries with the expectation that the resources made available in the program shall be of great benefit, increasing the development of libraries, library workers, and library friends groups, especially for the small and rural libraries across the state,” said North Dakota Librarian Hulen Bivins.

United for Libraries adds ‘Evaluating the Library Director’ course as part of Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA – The course “Evaluating the Library Director,” led by past ALA president Sarah Ann Long, has been added to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

“Evaluating the Library Director” covers understanding the importance of an annual evaluation of the library director, planning to evaluate, methods of evaluation, tools and other approaches, additional considerations and avoiding common problems.

United for Libraries presents ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian’ at ‘Quirky Books for Quirker Librarians’

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present “Quirky Books for Quirkier Librarians” from 3 to 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at McCormick Place, S404a during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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