Friends of the DC Public Library

DC Library Friends Issues Conference

  • Saturday, April 04, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008
  • 115


Registration is closed

Building the Bench for the Future of Library Friends Groups

This conference is designed to bring together the volunteer leaders and participants of DC Public Library Friends groups from throughout the city for a day of education, motivation and celebration of success.


  • 8:00 – 9:00 — Registration and Networking Breakfast

  • 9:00 – 10:00 — Opening Plenary
    • Welcome: Susan Haight, President Federation of Friends
    • Introduction: Gregory McCarthy, President, DCPL Board of Library Trustees
    • Remarks: Phil Mendleson, Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia
  • 10:00 – 11:00 — General Session
    • MLKML Future: How can Friends support this new era? A conversation with Rich Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, DCPL
  • 11:00 – 11:30 — Networking Break

  • 11:30 – 12:30 — Breakout Workshops (Round One)
    • Recruiting and Building Relationships with New Volunteers
    • MLKML Awareness Campaign and Promoting Your Local Library
    • How to Track Legislation that Matters to You
  • 12:30 – 1:15 — Lunch (Box Lunches)
    • CM David Grosso, Chairman of the Committee on Education

  • 1:30 – 2:30 — Breakout Workshops (Round Two)
    • Book Sales – Achieving Success with Limited Resources
    • Creative Programming in your Community
    • How to Work Successfully with Councilmember’s Staffers

The Federation is mindful of the valid concerns and questions from members regarding the conference in relation to coronavirus. As of today, we are proceeding with the event as planned. At this time, we are following the Mayor's Office closely as well as recommendations from federal agencies and the DC Public Library. We recognize that attending a conference during this time is a choice that each attendee will need to make based on her individual situation, and we will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates regarding any notable changes. If more information would be helpful, please visit this library-focused preparedness resource page for more information about how libraries can be community partners in public health.

The Federation of Friends for the D.C. Public Library is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.
1990 K St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20006