Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

National Library Week 2009

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Sunday, April 12, 2009 in Events


National Library Week started today with the theme "World's Connect @ your library". In 1958 the National Book Committee and the American Library Association conducted the first annual National Library Week campaign with the theme “Wake Up and Read”.  Each state that participated in the effort was required to establish a statewide planning committee.  The Wisconsin Library Association took the responsibility for designating a volunteer state executive director for Wisconsin.  The executive director worked with the statewide committee under a lay chairperson and with significant lay membership.  As a spin off of the 1962 National Library Week campaign in Wisconsin, Mrs. Bruno Bitker of Milwaukee provided the leadership for founding the Friends of Wisconsin Libraries(FOWL) in 1963.  That organization was the model for the national Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) which was also founded in Wisconsin. In 1964 under the leadership of Gerry Somers, Director of the Brown County Public Library, WLA was given the first $1,000 Grolier Award for most effective state National Library Week program in the nation. FOWL has been integrated into the new Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends (WLTF) Division of WLA. On February 1, 2009 FOLUSA joined with the Asociation of Library Trustees and Advocates to form the  Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF).

For more on the history of National Library Week and previous themes click here.


Larry Nix Monday, June 29, 2009

Sandra, The Library Friends group in Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Library
Trustees and Friends unit of the Wisconsin Library Association. The
web link to this unit is http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/wltf/. The Wisconsin
Library Association link is http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/index.asp.

Sandra Kincaid Sunday, June 28, 2009

I just learned of ALTAFF and their meeting in Chicago next month and I wanted to know if there is a Wisconsin Friends of Libraries organization?
I am President of the Friends at Beloit Library and would welcome an opportunity for information sharing with other library friends groups.
Thank you for a prompt reply,
Sandra Kincaid

Leave your comment

Guest Friday, January 19, 2018


Popular Tags

J. D. Witter Hartford Public Library Sarah Janice Kee traveling libraries Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide School libraries Hall of Fame 2015 Library celebrations Cornelia Marving Pierce Middleton Public Library Black River Falls Public Library Dorothea M. Krause Evansville Wisconsin Hall of Fame 2012 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Exhibits CCBC Wayne A. Wiegand Hall of Fame 2015 Library e James Huff Stout cam Ice Storm Oshkosh Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign Anniversaries Ruth Ann Montgomery WLA 125 11 Katharine MacDonald Jones Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Library Artifacts Louise S. Robbins Library Buidlings Hall of Fame 2016 Delia Ovitz hall of Library Trustees books-by-mail Hall of Fame 2012 Events & Meetings Anniversaries Beloit Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Zona Gale anniversaries caly film Wisconsin Free Library Commission Eratus Swift Wilcox 24 Carnegie libraries Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Public libraries WHCLIS Wisconsin Historical Society 22 Council on Library and Network Development Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Edward Asahel Birge Cam 10 Hall fo Fame 2012 WWI Library War Service Matthew S. Dudgeon McMillan Memorial Library Campaign 14 White House Conference on Library and Information Services 27 Milwaukee Art Museum Digital Collections trav WAAL Gertrude Thurow UW-Madison school of library and information studies Buttons Milwaukee Public Library Hall of Fame 2014 Gilbert H. Doane Increase A. Lapham Gerald A. Somers Woman's Congress Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Ripon Public Library Uncategorized Superior Carnegie Libraries Black River Falls Capitol Fire 1904 Charles Bunge Hall I Love Libraries Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Hall of Fame 2013 Portage Public Library Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Academic Libraries Clinton Public Library Inform Wisconsin Lowell W. Wilson T. B. Scott Free Public Library Appleton Public Library 23 School of Library and Information Studies Jane K. Billings WLA 125 Brown Deer Public Library Special libraries Hall of Fame 2017 Orrilla Blackshear Hall of Fame 2011 Pinback buttons Wisconsin State Law Library Eager Free Public Library Wisconsin Rapids campaign Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Hall of Fame 2015 Lutie Stearns Events & Meetings William J. Wilson Carl Spitzweg Public libraries library legislation Publications Hall of Fame 2015 membership libraries Hall of Fame 2008 presentations state historical society Suring Area Public Library Nolan I. Neds Library Systems Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Public library systems COLAND John J. Jax Jerome P. Daniels 21 Postcards People World War I Brown Deer Public Library library education Parcel post Brown County Library caly film Elroy Public Library Dianne McAfee Hopkins Wisconsin Library Association Klaus Linderfelt Library People John Miller Chancellor 20 buil Centennial Campaign campaign WLA 125 Rusk County Community Library Wilbur Lyle Eberhart WLA 125 Library people National Bookmobile Day Hall of Fame 2009 Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends DeForest Area Public Library UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Lutie Eugenia Stearns American Library Association Library War Service Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries campa Marketing-Publicity Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians S. Janice Kee Wisconsin Library Bulletin Pewaukee Public Library National Library Week Library Buildings Postcards Wisconsin Free Library Commission Historical Register background Beaver Dam Public Library Bookmobiles ca Academic Librarians Hall of Fame 2010 caly film Amer Meter mail slogans Peter G. Hamon library memorabilia Cooperative Children's Book Center Soughton Public Library Clarence Brown Lester Library people Postcards American Library Association bed and breakfast Richard E. Krug Madison Public Library UW-Milwaukee Libraries State Law Library Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Hall of Fame 2012 campaign Irene W. Newman archives Sandra Friedman Dolnick James Duane Doty Events Bernard Schwab Library History library exhibit bookworm 28 Postcards Larry T. Nix Milwaukee Public Library Manitowoc Public Library Frank Avery Hutchins Ruby Roeder Tower Hill Wisconsin

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo