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2017 Serving With A Purpose

Event Type: Conference
Date: 5/4/2017
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM

A gathering for California Friends, Trustees, Foundations, Volunteer Leaders and the staff who support them!

Our theme for 2017: Future of Fundraising and FRIEND raising


Keynote Speaker: Peter Pearson

◾ Peter has been President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for over 24 years. Pearson is recognized as a national expert on all aspects of fundraising for libraries, advocacy, and Friends and Foundations. During his time at the helm, he has transformed The Friends from a volunteer organization to a nationally-known and well respected powerhouse. With 18 staff members and an annual budget of $3.4 million, Peter’s organizational savvy, his unstoppable passion for libraries and the City of Saint Paul, and his willingness to knock on every door in support of the library, we are thrilled he can join us. Pearson was elected to the American Library Association Advocacy Honor Roll in 2005.

Friend-raising: Our “friends” are our board members’, stakeholders, advocates and library supporters!

Keynote Speaker: Sally Gardner Reed

  • Sally is the Executive Director of United for Libraries, formerly Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). Prior to accepting this position in 2002, Sally spent nearly 20 years in library administration running small public libraries in New England and the Midwest, and most recently she was the director of the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library. Sally is the author of nine books on library management, advocacy, volunteers, and fundraising and numerous articles for professional library journals. She has presented programs and workshops to hundreds of Friends of Library groups, boards of trustees, and librarian groups nationally and internationally. She is the 2000 recipient of ALA’s Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting libraries and librarianship.

◾New York Times Best-Selling Author Shilpi Gowda

SECRET DAUGHTER, Shilpi's debut novel published in 2010, has sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide in over 30 countries and languages. It was a New York Times bestseller, #1 International bestseller, and the screen rights have been optioned. THE GOLDEN SON, her second novel, is a Target Book Club Pick and #1 International bestseller, being published around the world in 2016-17. The screen rights have been optioned to Conquering Lion Pictures.

There will be a continental breakfast once again. Your registration also includes a catered lunch. Please be sure to indicate if you have dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan.

Feb – April 1: $35.00 per person
April 2 – April 25: $50.00 per person
April 25 – May 4: $60.00 per person

Be a 2017 table sponsor and show your support of this annual conference!

Thank you to Riverside City, Riverside County, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario City Library for being table sponsors in 2016!

Your organization can purchase a Table Sponsorship for $600. Your sponsorship will include 8 registrations, special acknowledgement in conference PR, program and during the welcome, 8 copies of author’s newest novel, an exclusive afternoon treat and premium table placement in main conference area and at lunch.

No new registrations accepted at the door.

Please note that the amount due must match the above time frames. Be sure to pay on time or you will be charged the next higher rate.

Please make checks payable to ILS and mail to:

Inland Library System
555 W. 6th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410

Visa and Master Card accepted.

Please call Linda Anderson: 909-453-9563 or email:
• All materials are included. Please be sure to indicate if you require a vegetarian meal or other dietary request.
• Conference check-in begins at 8:30 am.
• Hotel accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Ontario-Rancho Cucamonga

11960 Foothill Boulevard, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91739
Special Rate is $119.00. Here is link to reserve a room: 2017 Serving With A Purpose Conference.

Library: Serving With A Purpose
Location: Victoria Gardens Cultural Center - 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Registration Ends: 4/29/2017 at 6:00 PM
Other Information:

Please give us advance notice if you are not able to attend after all to allow others on the waiting list to attend. Thank you.

Sorry, no refunds.

If your organization needs an invoice in order to process payments or to pay by credit card, please contact Linda Anderson at or call 909-453-9563

Please request invoices as early as possible to allow time for your organization/city to process and send.

If you have any questions, would like to sponsor a table or need to make special arrangements, please contact Shawn or Robin.

Contact: Shawn Thrasher
Contact Number: 909-395-2204

Contact: Robin Hoklotubbe

Contact: Wendy Cao,
Contact Number: 650-349-5538
Status: Closed
Please Note
  • Attendee MUST Give 7 day Cancellation Notice to Allow Others on the Waiting List to Attend.

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