How to Celebrate United for Libraries' 'Friends of the Libraries Week' All Year Long

Last week, Friends of the Library organizations across the country held special events in conjunction with Friends of the Libraries Week. From thank you receptions in Alabama and Alaska to book sales in Wisconsin and Wyoming, October 21-27 offered a snapshot of the vibrant support network that bolster America’s 9,000 public libraries and 90,000 school libraries.

The 2012 celebration marked the seventh year that ALTAFF (The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations, a division of the American Library Association) has hosted and promoted this growing event. It is the first time, however, that the group has done so under its new name: United for Libraries.

The new organizational name is appropriate. It says something about the group’s intentions and hopes for campaigns such as the Friends of the Libraries Week.  It is intended as much more than a self-contained, seven-day window set aside to give perfunctory thanks to the library staff and volunteers in your local community. It is also an opportunity to share fundraising, advocacy, and programming ideas with Friends groups all across America.

To this end, MALF is pleased to pass on the news that United for Libraries has just opened the nomination window for what it is calling the “National Friends of Libraries Week Award.” Friends groups that coordinated special events or programs at any point October 21-27 are encouraged to share the details with United for Libraries. 

Judging criteria and nomination directions are as follows: “National Friends of Libraries Week Award applicants must provide a one- to two-page summary of all activities and efforts in conjunction with the celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Applicants will be judged on creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, Trustees, and/or advisory committee; recognition of Friends group, and promotion of Friends group to the community, school, students, and/or faculty.”

Two winning organizations will receive $250 and coverage of their award-winning project on the United for Libraries website.

Click here for more details. The nomination window closes Monday, Dec. 3.

Much like MALF’s own Evy Nordley Award for Best Project, this prize is a great way for like-minded organizations to better the lot of libraries everywhere by sharing replicable ideas.

Talk about United for Libraries!


Can’t wait for the results to be announced? You can read up on the National Friends of Libraries Week Award recipients from 2007-2011 by clicking here.