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Sarah Jessica Parker selects Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” for ALA Book Club Central’s fall pick

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:47am

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead/an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Exit West” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

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PLA and United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:47pm

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) and United for Libraries are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:05pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

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‘Friend Your Library’ materials now available at no cost to United for Libraries statewide group members

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:11pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania —  United for Libraries is pleased to present the ALA Store’s new downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and poster as a free benefit to all United for Libraries statewide group members in Texas, Nebraska and Michigan.

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United for Libraries and PLA to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:09pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to present a webinar designed to improve library boards of directors. The webinar, titled “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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United for Libraries to host Oct. 17 webinar on ‘Troubled Library Boards’

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:47pm

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present a webinar on “Troubled Library Boards: Prevention and Survival” at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change?

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United for Libraries to designate Grant Cottage a Literary Landmark

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:21pm

GANSEVOORT, New York – United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book and the Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will designate the U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site a Literary Landmark.

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United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:29pm

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located just across the plaza from the library, where city hall now stands. Her innovative and experimental poetry and prose established her as a leading Modernist artist in the 1910s and 1920s. She remains a key literary figure in the Lehigh Valley.

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United for Libraries to designate the Sonoma County (Calif.) Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:58pm

SANTA ROSA, California – United for Libraries, in partnership with the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center will designate the Sonoma County Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Charles M. Schulz on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m.

As a resident of Sonoma County for more than 40 years, Schulz (1922-2000) is remembered for bringing to life stories of the Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy, who are seen through comic strips, books, television and the big screen.

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Texas and Nebraska renew United for Libraries and ALA membership for their public library groups

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:57am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- The Texas State Library and the Nebraska Library Commission have renewed their statewide membership in United for Libraries, granting more than 1,300 of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees group membership in United for Libraries and the American Library Association (ALA).

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AT&T Michigan honored with United for Libraries Major Benefactor Citation

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:54am

TROY, Michigan – United for Libraries, along with Troy (Mich.) Public Library and the Troy Communication Foundation, honored AT&T Michigan with a Major Benefactor Citation during an event at the library on June 29.

During the event, Troy Public Library (TPL) unveiled their Donor Wall to invited Endowment Fund donors. The TPL Endowment Fund first launched in September 2016 with a goal of reaching $20,000 by the end of 2016. The occasion marked how quickly that goal was surpassed and honored the first group of donors to ensure the endowment fund’s success.

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United for Libraries to host free webinar July 25: ‘Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week’

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:47am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. EDT.

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Two groups win United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:45am

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library Foundation and the Friends of Smyrna (Tenn.) Library have been recognized with United for Libraries’ Baker & Taylor Awards for outstanding efforts to support their library. Each group receives $1,000 and a clock from Baker & Taylor to honor their achievements. The groups were recognized at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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