For immediate release | March 19, 2013

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, 2013.

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

The awards will be given based on a specific project that took place or culminated during the 2012 calendar year or for outstanding activities by a Friends group or Foundation during 2012. An application can be made based on one specific program that was particularly successful, or on behalf of the group’s activities for the entire year. Applications are judged on planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement.

Applicants must have a United for Libraries friends or foundation group membership valid through June 2013. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2013. Please contact United for Libraries to verify eligibility prior to preparing an entry. The application form is available at Summaries of past award-winning projects can also be found on the website.

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


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