CML title
advocate support network


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Who we are

Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML), a non-profit organization, is a strong statewide network of individuals and organizations — people who value Maryland libraries.

Since 1982, Citizens for Maryland Libraries has been the major voice of citizen advocates for library service and libraries across the state of Maryland

Citizens for Maryland Libraries works to build greater public awareness of the need for and services of our Maryland libraries.

What we do for libraries and our members

Dedicated to insuring the best possible library service for all the people of Maryland, Citizens for Maryland Libraries:

... testifies at national, state and local hearings in support of library service, libraries and library legislation,

... studies library issues and develops positions on relevant major public policy debates,

... campaigns for increased funding for Maryland libraries at both the state and local level,

... collaborates with national, state and local community organizations dedicated to the development and improvement of library service and libraries,

... has an agreement with the Maryland Library Association allowing CML members to attend MLA events at member rates,

... fosters, promotes, and assists local libraries and their support groups through conferences and meetings,

... awards the Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant to CML group members to encourage citizens to use and support Maryland Libraries,

... produces a semi-annual newsletter, THE CITIZEN, featuring library news and activities across the state of Maryland,

... honors longtime library advocates with its annual Satterthwaite award, and library technology innovators with the McCarn award,

... maintains a web site on the Internet with library statistics, lists of Friends groups and information on upcoming CML activities.

Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant Awarded

Congratulations to the Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library, recipient of the 2015 Award for support of the creation of an interactive art wall, that will be designed by students and used to display artwork by students.

Watch for information on the next grant to be awarded in Fall 2015.

Donate to the Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant and Annual Awards funds.