PALA Logo designed by Aleksandra Terlik
:: Jan 11 2014 ::

Annual Meeting & Career Development Day


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:: Sept 10 2013 ::

All Polonia Reads to Kids - Cała Polonia Czyta Dzieciom at the Indian Trails Library District

- Celebrating the Polish American Heritage Month -

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Stuart Dybek

:: May 14 2013 ::

Polish American Librarians Association Networking Dinner

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Networking Dinner

June 30, 2013, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Szalas Restaurant, 5214 S Archer Ave.Chicago, Illinois
Tel: 773-582-0300
Advanced registration and payment of $20 is required.
Please register online at PALA website
Registration deadline: June 15, 2013

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:: Feb 27 2013 ::

3rd Annual Meeting and Open House 2013

Stuart Dybek More than 85 librarians and library supporters, some from as far away as Texas and Florida, gathered at the Polish Museum of America (PMA) in Chicago February 24 for an afternoon of networking, brainstorming, and programs. Keynote speaker Stuart Dybek, award-winning Polish American author and poet, provided the highpoint of the proceedings with stories about his reverence for libraries, calling them "sacred places" that are at the center of a writer's life. "My library card was like a passport that could be stamped over and over again on my journey to becoming a Polish-American," he said.

Katie Clausen, library school student from Dominican University, received the 2013 Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki Scholarship (read more here), and her heartfelt acceptance demonstrated why she was chosen, as she spoke about cultural diversity in libraries. Susan Roman, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican, and Michael Zubrzycki, scholarship donor for whose mother it is named, were on hand to present the award of $2,300.

Project coordinator Barbara Bilszta spoke about "All of Polonia Reads to Kids" and screened a film showing how well the reading initiative has taken off in Poland, and she urged Polish American librarians to participate. Following her talk, the young people of the Academy of Music of Paderewski Symphony Orchestra and Little Stars entertained with lively performances of classical and popular tunes.

PALA president Elizabeth Marszalik and PMA president Maria Ciesla welcomed the group, and Konrad Zielinski from the Polish Consulate in Chicago said he looked forward to working with PALA on future projects. PALA board member Leonard Kniffel talked about PALA's connection to the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, which was launched in 2012. Malgorzata Kot, PMA head librarian, served as emcee and conducted a tour of the museum library, one of the largest of its kind in the world, following the program.

:: January 19 2012 ::

2nd Annual Meeting and Open House 2012

Some 70 library professionals assembled February 19 at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago for the second Annual Meeting & Open House of the Polish American Librarians Association.

The afternoon of networking and discussion included a keynote speech by Polish-American author Brigid Pasulka (A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True), a performance by the children’s Polish song and dance ensemble Lajkonik, and awarding of the first Vera May Barnes Zubrzycki Scholarship to Melissa Lambert, a student in the Graduate Schoool of Library and Information Science at Dominican University.

There to present the award were donors Michael and Christine Zubrzycki and Susan Roman, dean of the Dominican GSLIS. Aldona Salska, founding president of the two-year-old PALA, presided over the meeting and passed the gavel to newly elected president Elizabeth Marszalik.

:: 20 February 2011 ::

First Annual Meeting - Open House

The First Annual Meeting of PALA: Our Open House with about 100 attendees,
many of whom are pictured below, was a gratifying success.

First Annual Meeting - Open House

We especially want to thank the following organizations and people who did so much to help us:

Principal Sponsors:
Polish Museum of America
Kasia's Deli
Polish Song and Dance Ensemble "Lajkonik" of the Holy Trinity Polish Mission

Principal Partners:
Stowarzyszenie Bibliotekarzy Polskich
Polish Consulate General in Chicago
Polonia Bookstore
D&Z Bookstore
Aquila Polonica Publishing

Special Guests:
  • Maria Ciesla, President of The Polish Museum of America
  • Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. - President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America / Chairman of the Board of The Polish Museum of America
  • Aleksandra Krystek, Viceconsul of the Polish Consulate General in Chicago
  • James Pula, Polish American Historical Association / Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN
  • Andrzej Zgiet, President of the Polish Immigration Association
  • Jolanta Bogiel-Pasek, designer of the PALA logo
  • Halina Misterka, Archivist, The Polish Museum of America / Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Polish Song and Dance Ensemble "Lajkonik"

On the occasion of the First Annual Meeting, PALA received a letter from Elzbieta Stefanczyk, Przewodniczacej Stowarzyszenia Bibliotekarzy Polskich (President of the Polish Librarians Association).

Downlad PDF A letter from Elzbieta Stefanczyk

On the behalf of the Board of Directors of the Polish Librarians Association, I congratulate you on the occasion of the first Annual Meeting of the Polish American Librarians Association, and praise all the members of PALA for your success and achievements in the development and spread of knowledge, and participation in cultural life.
Each Annual Meeting is a great event. It is also an occasion to evaluate achievements and determine new goals and tasks. Let this exceptional time be also a stimulus for further activity.
Please accept our assurance that the Polish Librarians Association wishes to maintain our good relationship with PALA, as well as exchange expertise, knowledge and ideas for the implementation of projects you undertake.
On the occasion of the First Annual meeting, I wish all the members of the board of PALA continued professional successes, wide vision for development, perseverance in the realization of tasks, as well as lots of happiness and prosperity in your personal lives. Let each subsequent year bring your Association new achievements for its board of directors and, for all our countrymen, abundant fulfillment in our professional live and private lives. All the Best.

With the words of respect
President of Polish Librarians Association
Elzbieta Stefanczyk

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