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Library fundraising secrets revealed at 'Raising $: Process and People' preconference at ALA Annual

PHILADELPHIA - Peter Pearson raises millions of dollars for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library, and he will reveal how other groups can too at “Raising $: Process and People,” a preconference with LLAMA and United for Libraries at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Colorado Association of Libraries wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — The Colorado Association of Libraries is the recipient of the 2013 ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries.

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) won for its 2012 campaign “Literacy Through Libraries: A Dollar Does It.” The campaign was to restore state funding for libraries; although a funding mechanism in the state budget had existed since 2001, the line item had gone unfunded for years due to budget constraints. This left Colorado as one of only a few states with no direct support of libraries.

Advocate for libraries on a national level by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 8

PHILADELPHIA – Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 8, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on May 8, or anytime the week of May 6-10.

United for Libraries designates Stroud Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), designated Stroud Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of poet Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel (1918-2007) on Sunday, April 28.

Christine Hage elected 2013-2014 United for Libraries vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has been elected 2013-2014 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Wally Lamb among the authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries will present its Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 1 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Melanie Benjamin, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey Deaver, Wally Lamb and Jojo Moyes will discuss their writing life and forthcoming books. Enjoy tea, finger sandwiches and a variety of sweet treats. A book signing will follow, with some books given away free and others available for purchase at a generous discount.

United for Libraries to present 2013 Public Service Award to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)

PHILADELPHIA —  Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, will present United for Libraries’ 2013 Public Service Award to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) during National Library Legislative Day activities in Washington, D.C., on May 7.

Rep. Fortenberry was the first Congressman willing to speak up about the importance of the issue of compelling libraries to test for lead in all children’s books. He recognized that a legislative fix that reasonably dealt with the issue was needed.

United for Libraries names Johnson and Mull ALA Trustee Citation recipients

PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries has named G. Victor Johnson and Beverly Mull as recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. 

Ross Mathews added to the line-up of United for Libraries’ 'The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE'

PHILADELPHIA – Ross Mathews of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has been added to the line-up for “The Laugh’s On Us, sponsored by SAGE," featuring author and standup comedian Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The full line-up also includes Selena Coppock, Nicole Knepper, Sara Levine and Paul Rudnick.

Kent Oliver to speak at United for Libraries’ Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, “Intellectual Freedom & Accompanying Library Policies,” from noon-1:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The traditional luncheon presented by United for Libraries will feature Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library and former chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

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