United for Libraries has launched “Authors for Libraries,” a unique partnership to connect authors with libraries, Friends of the Library groups and library Foundations as well as to keep authors informed about issues and concerns affecting libraries on a national level.
“Authors for Libraries” is a collaborative effort that grew from an idea presented by Marilyn Johnson, author of “This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.” Johnson spoke during United for Libraries’s Gala Author Tea event during the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. With libraries around the country experiencing significant budget cuts as a result of the current economy, Johnson expressed a desire to find a way to connect authors with libraries and library supporters to encourage authors to advocate for libraries on the local, state and national level. “Libraries have always been there for me. Of course I’ll stand up for them,” said Johnson. Read Marilyn Johnson's op-ed in the L.A. Times about public libraries.
Authors who join “Authors for Libraries” for $39 will receive a subscription to The Voice for America's Libraries, United for Libraries' bi-monthly newsletter. In addition, a hyperlink to the author’s website will be placed on United for Libraries’ website, where library staff, Friends groups and Foundation staff can find information about upcoming tours to assist with scheduling library talks and book signings as well as information about forthcoming books and resources for book groups.
United for Libraries is asking each author who joins to provide a quote about the importance of libraries. These quotes will be collected and made available on the Library Quotes website and used in promotional materials. “I’m thrilled with this new opportunity to connect authors with libraries in a much more direct way,” said United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “United for Libraries will use authors’ celebrity to highlight the importance of libraries in the promotion and preservation of our literary heritage.”
Inaugural authors include Johnson, long-time library supporters Barbara Kingsolver and Lisa Scottoline, and Roy Blount Jr. All three authors have been guest speakers for United for Libraries programs.
For more information, please visit http://authorsforlibraries.org/.