For immediate release | September 4, 2012

Kick start your National Friends of Libraries Week celebration

PHILADELPHIA — The free webcast “Kick Start Your National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration” is now available from United for Libraries.

This 40-minute webcast gives libraries and Friends ideas and materials so that they can promote National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012) in their libraries and community. The webcast is led by United for Libraries’ Director of Marketing and Communications Beth Nawalinski and Marketing/Public Relations Specialist Jillian Kalonick.

United for Libraries is coordinating the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2012. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Friends groups, library Trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available on the United for Libraries website include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

United for Libraries is pleased to announce a sixth year of awards in conjunction with National Friends of Libraries Week. Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week. Winners will also receive a free copy of "Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books" by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya (Dial/Random House, 2012). Application materials are available on the United for Libraries website. Entries are due by Dec. 3, 2012.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



Jillian Kalonick

Marketing / Public Relations

United for Libraries (United)

800-545-2433 ext.2160