Clara N. Bohrer is a past-president of the Public Library Association (PLA) and currently serves as chair of PLA’s Budget and Finance Committee. She has been involved with PLA’s Every Child Ready to Read since its inception, an initiative which changed practice in U.S. public libraries around early literacy services. She also currently serves as Chair of PLA’s Task Force on Family Engagement.
Clara is the Director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in Michigan (USA).
The WBTPL was awarded the 2010 National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Services recognizing its efforts around community engagement, workforce development, and early literacy services. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for libraries.
During her term as PLA president, she was invited to the first official meeting between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and representatives of the Public Library Association to discuss advocacy. That meeting and through the support of the Gates Foundation led to Turning the Page, a successful advocacy tool which has been used by public libraries across the United States and various parts of the world.