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Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy and Awareness Grant

What is the Mary Lou Dewey Grant?    

Mary Lou Dewey was a lifelong advocate for libraries. Ms. Dewey was a founding member and President of Citizens for Maryland Libraries and a member of the Maryland Library Association for nearly 50 years. She helped draft and facilitate passage of the Maryland Library Act in 1961. Ms Dewey received the American Library Association Trustee Citation and was named to the ALA National Honor Roll. She died in 2007. In honor of Ms. Dewey's tireless efforts to enhance library service in Maryland for more than 50 years, CML established the Mary Lou Dewey Library Advocacy Fund. This fund supports an annual grant for projects that encourage citizens to use and support Maryland libraries.

Who is eligible? 

Current members of CML, any Friends groups or other citizens with an interest in Maryland libraries are eligible. Individuals or groups not currently CML members may send their membership application and dues along with their entry.

How to apply:

A proposal for a project must emphasize an increase in citizen awareness and involvement in Maryland libraries. Creativity and clarity of the proposed project will be evaluated. A short description of how the project will improve customer service or community outreach to their library should be included with the proposal.


January 31, 2025, by 11:59PM. The application should be submitted to the CML Awards Committee by email at cml@citizensformarylandlibraries.org Projects must be completed within one year after the grant is awarded.

Award:  A $1000 grant will be given to the winning proposal.
Past Recipients:
2022Friends of Queen Anne's County Library
Friends of the Govans Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library 
2020 Friends of Queen Anne's County Library
2019 Dorchester County Public Library
Friends and Foundation of Howard County Library System
Friends of Calvert Library
Friends of Carroll County Public Library
Friends of Queen Anne’s County Library
Wicomico Public Libraries
2016 Friends of the Brunswick Branch of Frederick County Public Libraries (Play Station gaming system for Teen Zone)
2015 Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library (Creation of an interactive art wall designed by students and used to display artwork by students)
2014 Friends of Carroll County Public Library (Battle of the Books Mini Golf Tournament)
2013 Emmitsburg Library (Early Learning Skills initiative)
2012 Friends of the Laurel Branch Library (Two programs for teens)
2011 Friends of Thurmont Regional Library (Summer reading programs)
2009 Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (Develop an outreach web site)
2008 Washington County Free Library Friends - Strength in Numbers outreach program (Train members to speak to groups as Library advocates )
2004 Frederick County Public Libraries
2004 Montgomery County Friends of the Library
2003 Friends of the Darlington Branch of the Harford County Library
2003 Friends of the MD Corrections Library (To create a family reading area in the visiting room)
2002 Friends of the Washington County Free Library (Foreign language program for children)
2001 Enoch Pratt Free Library Friends
2000 Charles County Library Friends (Children’s literary calendar)
1999 Friends of the Baltimore County Public Library (Organize new Friends groups)
1998 Middletown Advisory Board of the Frederick County Public Libraries (To start 3 book discussions groups)
1997 Friends of the Kent County Public Library (Direct mail campaign)
1996 Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County (Fundraising golf tournament)

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