AUGUSTA — Registration is open for Friends of Maine Libraries Conference set for Monday, Oct. 1, at the Senator Inn, in Augusta.

Those who actively support libraries in their communities across the state, and those who would like to, are encouraged to attend the upcoming 20th anniversary Friends of Maine Libraries (FoML) conference.

This conference is especially appropriate for community-based supporters of their local libraries and of Maine libraries in general. Attendees can spend an information-packed day learning and networking with others who are passionate about libraries, and making a difference in their hometowns across the state.

Keynote speaker will be Jamie Ritter, current director of information and reader services at the Maine State Library who formerly worked closely with dozens of Maine libraries who benefited from MBNA’s Library Grants Program. Also featured will be Maine State Librarian Linda Lord, former Maine First Lady, longtime literacy supporter, and Maine Library Commission member Karen Baldacci, Maine’s three library district consultants and others who are pleased to serve as resources to libraries and friends throughout the state.

One of the highlights will be the announcement of the two winners of $1,000 grant awards for a worthy friends group or program.

Registration for the one-day conference, including materials, refreshments and ‘Friends only’ shopping opportunities, is $45. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15.

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