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A Section of the Rhode Island Library Association

COLA is seeking submissions from 
Friends, Trustees, or Directors for our 
William E. Reeves Friends Award 2021 

Over the past year, your libraries and librarians have been called on to make one adjustment after another. You’ve been there to support them, and through it all, you’ve demonstrated enormous creativity. We want to celebrate you!

The RI Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) William E. Reeves Awards recognize the activities of Friends groups in one or more categories of programs and events: Fundraising, Outreach, Education, and/or Community Service. This year we add a category: Pandemic Adaptation

We invite a single submission from your library Friends group (or Board of Trustees acting as a Friends group) to our panel. Your group is eligible if you hold a current institutional membership in COLA, the section of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) for grassroots library supporters. We look forward to honoring your achievements at this year’s (virtual) annual meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30pm; to allow time for evaluation, the judges must receive your entry by Thursday, April 1st to

Since we were unable to hold a meeting in 2020, all programs since spring 2019 will be eligible for consideration.In your email submission to COLA please include the following information:

Name of Friends Group

Mailing Address


Title of Program/Event

Date of Program/Event

Lead Person for Program/Event

Category of Program/Event

Work Phone Number

Mobile Phone Number

Also, please provide COLA with a description of your Program/Event and the results achieved. Attach available photos, flyers, and other relevant supporting material. One submission per Friends Group.

Email all of the above information to:

The Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) is a grass-roots library support group that seeks to improve the quality of life for Rhode Islanders by supporting libraries of all kinds. Through advocacy, education, and public awareness activities, COLA works to help improve library services throughout the state.

On January 1, 2019, COLA officially became a section of the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA). COLA members now have full access to the vast array of resources and services that RILA offers to its members. Together RILA and COLA can boost significantly COLA’s efforts in the areas of advocacy, education, and public awareness.

Advocacy, Education & Communication

COLA has supported Rhode Island libraries for thirty years. Through petitions, Congressional testimony, and strategic communications with RI legislators, COLA has helped pass laws and enact budgets favorable to libraries.

Our mission includes educating the public about the services Rhode Island libraries have to offer. We sponsor educational programs and training sessions, host cultural programs at libraries, and provide two scholarships to the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at URI.

COLA has been a catalyst for inter-group communication since its founding, bringing together educators, professionals, parents, students, library users, and Friends’ groups. COLA members are library supporters from all fields, including librarians.

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