The Friends of Maine Libraries, a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1989, will host its annual conference for Maine library Friends and volunteers (and anyone who would like to be) Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Registration is now open for this gathering, which focuses on networking and resource sharing as well as recognition for those Maine community members who help their local libraries. Attendees will come away with ideas and inspiration, as well as newly forged connections with resources in the Maine library world and with each other.

Former library director and longtime FoML board member Nancy McGinnis said the featured speakers will be “our dynamic duo: Maine State Librarian Jamie Ritter and ex-Maine State Librarian Linda Lord, for what promises to be a lively conversation about Maine libraries past/present/and most importantly, future!”

With their combined knowledge of all things Maine library-related, coupled with Lord’s experience and background in education and Ritter’s in finance and fundraising, “they will have tremendous insight to share,” said McGinnis. Attendees also can learn more about FoML and the nonprofit organization’s annual grant program, as well as be the first to find out the 2015 FoML grant recipient.

The atmosphere will be informal and friendly, with morning refreshments and lunch included in the conference registration fee of $25, $20 for FoML members. As an additional enticement, representatives from Tilbury House Publishers will be there with an assortment of their outstanding fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to purchase any of these books for their libraries, themselves or holiday gift giving at 20 percent off the list price; and Tilbury House will donate another 20 percent of the day's sales to FoML.

Space is limited. For more information and to register, visit

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