For immediate release | July 11, 2016

NYC librarian swims to raise funds for Spectrum in memory of Lynn Taylor

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of selection at BookOps, announced that she will participate in the Grimaldo's Mile Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY on July 30, 2016.

Tuliao is a United States masters swimmer who has participated in several long-distance open water events, including the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago in September 2007. Tuliao completed the New Jersey State Triathlon in 2008 and the 5.85-mile Little Red Lighthouse swim in 2009, both times raising funds for the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program. Tuliao has also participated in two United States Masters Swimming two-mile Cable Open Water National Championships in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. She raised funds for Spectrum through swimming a 1.2-K race around the Statue of Liberty in memory of Mrs. Ann Bianchini in 2012 and swam the 2013 IGLA Championship Open Water Swim in memory of Elizabeth A. Blatz and Carol Small. In 2014, she swam in the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic in honor of George and Deborah Trepp. Tuliao is delighted to continue her annual tradition of raising funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program while honoring librarians who have contributed to their communities.

"This year I will be swimming in memory of Lynn Taylor, former Supervising Librarian at New York Public Library's New Amsterdam Branch and president of New York Public Library Guild Local 1930. Lynn was an activist who worked tirelessly to support library staff and serve all New Yorkers," said Tuliao. More information about Lynn can be found at

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit

Donate at or mail checks (payable to ALA Spectrum Scholarship with the memo "Tuliao 2016 Swim") to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Assistant Director

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services