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.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends

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.

Recent Comments Show all comments
  • Sandra Kincaid says #
    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...
  • Larry Nix says #
    Sandra, The Library Friends group in Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends unit of the Wisconsin Library Associa...


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo