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Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy and Awareness Grant

Mary Lou Dewey, a lifelong advocate for libraries, died on May 22, 2007. Ms. Dewey organized and coordinated a successful countywide campaign to establish a public library in Carroll County. She went on to serve on the Board of Trustees for Carroll County almost non-stop from 1958 through 2006. In April 2007 the Carroll County Board of Commissioners designated National Library Week as Mary Lou Dewey Week in Carroll County.

Ms. Dewey was a founding member and President of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. She was a member of the Maryland Library Association for nearly 50 years. While serving on its Legislative and Planning Committee, she helped draft and facilitate passage of the Maryland Library Act in 1961. She was a delegate to the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Libraries, and the White House Conference on Libraries. She was appointed by Governor Parris Glendenning to serve on the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. In 2002, Ms. Dewey received the American Library Association Trustee Citation and was named to the ALA National Advocacy Honor Roll.

In honor of Ms. Dewey’s tireless efforts over more than 50 years to enhance library service in Maryland, CML established the Mary Lou Dewey Library Advocacy Fund. This fund supports an annual grant for projects that encourage citizens to use and support Maryland libraries.

Make a Donation

Please help fund the Mary Lou Dewey Library Advocacy Fund with your tax free gift. Mail your check made payable to Citizens for Maryland Libraries in care of our treasurer, Stuart Ragland. Address to Citizens for Maryland Libraries, PO Box 10838, Silver Spring, MD 20914. Checks should be annotated with "Dewey Grant".

Apply for Award

The 2016 Mary Lou Dewey Advocacy Grant Application is due August 31, 2016.

Past CML grant winners

2015 Joppa Branch of the Harford County Public Library (Creation of an interactive art wall, that will be designed by students and used to display artwork by students)
2014 Friends of Carroll County Public Library (Battle of the Books Mini Golf Tournament)
2013 Emmitsburg Library (Early Learning Skills initiative)
2012 Friends of the Laurel Branch Library (two programs for teens)
2011 Friends of Thurmont Regional Library (summer reading programs)
2009 Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (Develop an outreach web site)
2008 Washington County Free Library Friends - Strength in Numbers outreach program (train members to speak to groups as Library advocates )
2004  Frederick County Library
2004 Montgomery County Friends of the Library
2003 Friends of the Darlington Branch of the Harford County Library
2003 Friends of the  MD Corrections Library (to create a family reading area in the visiting room)
2002  Friends of the Washington County Free Library (foreign language program for children)
2001 Enoch Pratt Free Library Friends 
2000  Charles County Library Friends (children’s literary calendar)
1999 Friends of the Baltimore County Public Library ( organize new Friends groups)
1998 Middletown Advisory Board of the Frederick County Public Library (to start 3 book discussions groups)
1997 Friends of the Kent County Public Library  (direct mail campaign)
1996  Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County  (fund raising golf tournament)


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