For immediate release | December 17, 2019

Gretchen Rubin ('The Four Tendencies') to deliver keynote at United for Libraries’ Institute during Midwinter Meeting

EXTON, Pennsylvania — A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Saturday, January 25, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia’s Montgomery Auditorium during the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting. New York Times bestselling author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin (The Four Tendencies, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin") will deliver the keynote address.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and library staff are invited to join a free afternoon of learning opportunities. Deborah Doyle, Vice chair of Sonoma County (Calif.) Library Commission and United for Libraries legislative committee chair, will open with introductions.

The Institute will also feature sessions with expert speakers. The panelists will include:

  • The E's of Libraries with Alan Fishel, Communications & Technology at Arent Fox and United for Libraries board member
  • Fundraising: The More it Changes, The More it Stays the Same with Libby Post, President/CEO, Communication Services and United for Libraries board member
  • Recruiting Advocates of All Ages: Engaging Millennial Members on Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations with Lina Bertinelli of Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland State Library Resource Center and Tess Wilson of National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region
  • Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia Take it to City Hall with Linda L. Colwell-Smith, President, Friends of Torresdale Library; Betty Beaufort, Friends of Queen Memorial Library; Erica Zurer, Friends of the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library; and Yvette Robinson, Friends of Overbrook Park Library

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Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She's the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. She also has a highly ranked, award-winning podcast, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin."

The United for Libraries Institute is free, but conference registration and tickets are required. Event code: UNI1.

For more information on other United for Libraries events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit For information about registering for Midwinter, visit

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 or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries