Kaminski wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/17/2018


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2018 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Jennifer Kaminski, secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library in Owensboro, Ky.

Kaminski will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference.

In addition to serving as secretary of the Friends of the Daviess County Public Library, Kaminski represents the group at the annual Friends of Kentucky Libraries board meeting. She helps plan and promote meet-and-greet legislative events, and represents the Friends at Imagination Library events (Dolly Par­ton’s initiative to provide monthly books to young children, beginning at birth). She has served on the board since 2009.

Kaminski earned a bach­elor’s degree in advertising from Western Kentucky University, and has been a communications specialist/graph­ic designer for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., since 2005. She has also served on the board of the international Com­municators for Women Religious, and is the vice chair of the Daviess County Democratic Woman’s Club.

 “I am so excited about the oppor­tunity to learn the latest news about libraries at the ALA Annual Confer­ence,” said Kaminski. “Books and libraries are two of my favorite things, and I’ve always loved to learn. I’m looking forward to meeting many peo­ple from across the country who share the same interests. I’m happy that I get to represent our Friends group and our library at this major event.”

The United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant enables a per­son who is active in his or her public library Friends of the Library group to attend the ALA Annual Confer­ence for the first time. The Conference Grant, made possible by a gift from ThriftBooks, is administered by United for Libraries. Recipients are selected by the United for Libraries Awards Com­mittee. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/ friends/thriftbooks.

ThriftBooks takes great pride in sponsoring the United For Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant. ThriftBooks provides libraries an easy and convenient way to earn top dollar for their discarded and donated books while making a difference. With Thrift­Books, libraries increase fundraising, promote literacy, and help save the environment. From the largest selection of used titles to collectibles and new releases, its mission is to put quality, affordable books into the hands of readers. For more information about ThriftBooks’ library program or to shop for great deals, visit www.thriftbooks.com/library.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.