United for Libraries

Frederick Ruffner honored with National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award

NEW YORK -- Frederick Ruffner (1926-2014), founder of the Literary Landmarks™ program, was posthumously honored with United for Libraries’ National Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Award on May 4. United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented the award to Ruffner’s sons, Peter Ruffner and Rick Ruffner.

The ceremony took place at the George Bruce Branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem, which was being dedicated as a Literary Landmark in honor of Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014).

Susan Schmidt elected United for Libraries president-elect

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — Susan Schmidt, immediate past president, Friends of the Little Falls Library (Bethesda. Maryland) and media assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School (Bethesda, Maryland), has been elected 2015-2016 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Murphy and Hart win United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2015 United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grants to Heather Murphy, associate director of advancement for publications and public affairs for the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Molly Hart, student engagement assistant at the Columbia College Library in Chicago.

Murphy and Hart will each receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. A formal presentation to the grant winners will be made at the conference.

Adriana Trigiani among authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA

CHICAGO — Adriana Trigiani, Paula McLain, Matthew Pearl, B.A. Shapiro, Sarah Pekkanen and John Katzenbach will be the featured authors at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Advocate for libraries by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day May 5

PHILADELPHIA — On May 4-5, 2015, hundreds of library supporters from all across the country will convene in Washington D.C., where they will be briefed on legislative issues affecting libraries and will meet with their members of Congress to discuss them.

Paula Poundstone to headline ‘The Laugh’s On Us’ sponsored by SAGE

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host “The Laugh’s On Us,” sponsored by SAGE, featuring standup comedian and author Paula Poundstone, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

United for Libraries and ALA welcome Texas public library groups as members

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees in Texas are group members of United for Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA), thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Texas joins Nebraska and Kansas in purchasing memberships for the libraries in their states.

United for Libraries to dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week

CHICAGO — In celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) United for Libraries will dedicate five Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino of the Empire State Center for the Book and is presented in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council.

The following Literary Landmarks will be dedicated:

Applications for United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards due May 1

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2015.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 40 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.