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On October 21, 2023, CML again partnered with the Maryland State Library Agency to present the 2023 Annual Conference for Friends, Trustees and Library Supporters at the Bowie Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System.

The program included:

  • CML President, Susan Sherman with opening remarks.
  • Maryland State Librarian, Irene Padilla with an update on Maryland State Library Agency  activities.
    • Ellen Oh,  children's author and recipient of the Maryland Author Award. Ms. Oh gave a presentation entitled, "The importance of Diversity in Children's Book Characters and the Importance of Free Access to Information by Today's Youth." 
      • "Preparing for Library Book Challenges" - a panel discussion featuring:
        • Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, CEO of the Baltimore County Public Library and President of the Public Library Association
        • Tatanisha Love, Library Media Specialist and Past President of the Maryland Association of School Librarians
        • Morgan Miller, Executive Director of the Cecil County Public Library and Chair of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators Inter-Governmental Task Force. 
        • The Citizens for Maryland Libraries annual business meeting.

        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.

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