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CML was pleased to partner with the Maryland State Library to present the 2020 Annual Conference for Friends, Trustees, and Library Supporters via Zoom on Saturday, October 17, from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Watch the recording now!

The program included:

  • CML President, Pat Hofmann with opening remarks.
  • Maryland State Librarian, Irene Padilla with an update on MSL activities.
  • Keynote Speaker, Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress was interviewed by CML Executive Director, Lynn Wheeler on her ground-breaking work at the Library of Congress and shared words of wisdom and inspiration, as libraries forge a new service path through the challenging landscape of social distancing.
  • The CML Annual Business Meeting, including a review of the new Strategic Plan and announcement of annual Awards.
  • Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., President of the American Library Association, was interviewed by Joseph Thompson on “The Power of the Library Advocate.”  Jefferson is the Section Head of the Research and Library Services Section in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division at Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

Citizens for Maryland Libraries - who we are

CML works to build greater public awareness of the need for and services of our Maryland libraries. It is:
  • a strong statewide network of individuals and organizations - people who value Maryland libraries; and
  • the major voice of citizen advocates for library service and libraries across the state of Maryland.
Like Citizens for Maryland Libraries on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForMarylandLibraries

United for Libraries - Maryland Group Membership

The Maryland State Library has partnered with United for Libraries to provide all Maryland Trustees, Friends groups, and library directors and staff with a Maryland Group Membership, providing access to the wealth of resources and member publications offered by United for Libraries. These include toolkits, fundraising ideas, trustees training, newsletters, digital publications, and webinars. Contact your library administrator or United for Libraries at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2161 or
united@ala.org if you have questions about accessing these resources.

National Friends of Libraries Week

Oct. 18 - 24, 2020

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 15th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18 - 24, 2020. The celebration offers an opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.

Join the celebration:

  • RSVP on Facebook.
  • Share the event on your group and library Facebook pages.
  • Share your ideas, tell United for Libraries what you are doing, and network with other Friends groups and libraries in the National Friends of Libraries Week community in ALA Connect. If you do not have an ALA website login, you can create a login and then return to ALA Connect to join the free National Friends of Libraries Week community. See below for more information on the resources available from Maryland State Library for through United for Libraries!
  • Apply for the National Friends of Libraries Week Awards.
  • Statewide Group Members – download FREE “Friend Your Library” poster and bookmark files to customize for your library and/or Friends Group.

Your Membership

Joining or renewing membership has never been so easy.  Simply choose "Join" and complete the online application form (or login to renew). Then choose your payment option: online or manual for an invoice in order to send us a check.  You will quickly receive an automated email indicating your membership/payment status.

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