FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Salt Lake City Friends of the Library Receives National Award
Organization Recognized for Fundraising, Volunteer, Early Literacy Efforts
June 23, 2011 – SALT LAKE CITY – The City Library today announced that the Salt Lake City Friends of the Library have been recognized with a Baker & Taylor Award from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
The Friends of the Library are being recognized for their outstanding activities on behalf of The Library in 2010.
Among Friends’ notable achievements in 2010, the nonprofit organization contributed $143,439 to the Library. Funds were raised in a variety of ways, including memberships, through semi-annual used book sales, continuous sales at The Friends’ Store and online through Amazon.com.
The Friends launched two programs in 2010 that aim to promote early literacy and bring the joy of reading to children. Best Beginnings, conceived by Friends past president Marian Martin, encourages new mothers to begin reading to their infants immediately by delivering information and a baby’s first book right to their hospital room when a child is born. Buddies of the Library also began in 2010, introducing kindergarten students from local Title I schools to their neighborhood libraries.
Through programs such as Best Beginnings and Buddies of the Library, Friends have put over 6,000 books into the hands of children in Salt Lake City.
“Last year, Friends celebrated 50 years of support to the Library, and we are truly honored to receive this award,” said Jeannine Marlowe, president of the Salt Lake City Friends of the Library Board. “We are committed to serving this award winning library, its phenomenal staff, every patron who walks through our doors and our community.”
Dozens of Friends volunteers dedicate thousands of hours every year to make the Friends’ contributions to the community and support of the Library possible.
The Salt Lake City Friends of the Library will receive their award at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in New Orleans on Monday, June 27.
ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE SALT LAKE CITY LIBRARY
The Friends of the Salt Lake City Library is a nonprofit organization that supports the Salt Lake City Public Library System through advocacy, volunteering and fundraising. Through a variety of events and outreach programs, Friends of the Library promotes the Library’s mission, advances early literacy, and provides the community with opportunities to invest in the Library.
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