Marlena E. White wins United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/04/2019


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries

United for Libraries


EXTON, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2019 United for Libraries/ThriftBooks Friend Conference Grant to Marlena E. White, current Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library in Lexington, S.C. and President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

White will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. A formal presentation to the grant winner will be made at the conference at the “Gala Author Tea” on Monday, June 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

In her role as Director of the Friends, White coordinated efforts between staff and the Friends to promote funding and awareness for Lexington Main Library. A proud accomplishment has been the creation of an annual Father Daughter Dance fundraiser, now in its 13th year. The event has sold out the last 3 years with an attendance of 1,200 fathers and daughters. Its popularity has raised funds but also recognition for the Friends, a valuable commodity in a growing community like Lexington, SC.

As part of her ongoing effort to find new avenues for raising funds and awareness, she requested and received Board approval to be a vendor at the 2018 SCLA/SELA Conference in Greenville, SC. Reading and literary-themed items from the Friends Corner Gift Shop were available for purchase to conference attendees, netting a profit of over $1,000.

To connect with other library supporters across South Carolina, White joined the Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL) and began attending annual meetings. In 2015 she joined the Board, volunteering on the Finance Committee and Meeting Committee. In April 2017 she was asked to serve the remaining term for the then President and officially offered her service for a full two-year term as President at the Annual Meeting on April 3, 2019.

White’s long-term personal goals are to continue to serve as Director of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library and complete her term as President of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, which ends in April 2021.

“I also hope to pursue further education by enrolling in USC Palmetto College and applying my two Associates Degrees towards a BA in Organizational Leadership,” says White.

When notified of her winning status, White replied, “I am honored to receive the 2019 United for Libraries/Thriftbooks Friends Conference Grant! I am thrilled to be representing the Friends of the Lexington Main Library and the Friends of South Carolina State Libraries.”

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 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, the #1 online used bookstore, libraries increase fundraising, promote literacy, and help save the environment. Groups provide the books and Thrift­Books does the rest! From the largest selection of used titles to collectibles and new releases, our 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.