Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer
For Immediate Release
October 24, 2006
Library-themed games, PSA and Top Ten list round out offerings
in ALSC Kids! @ your library® campaign tool kit
(CHICAGO) The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the addition of many new resources to its Kids! @ your library® campaign Web site at www.ala.org/kids.
The campaign's extensive online tool kit, produced by librarians for librarians, offers many helpful resources for promoting the library to children and their families. The latest materials added to the kit include:
Camera-ready, customizable materials libraries can use to hold bookmark contests and scavenger hunts, and to enliven programming;
Downloadable games, puzzles, and activities with library themes especially for kids;
A media-ready Public Service Announcement (PSA) recorded by Grammy-nominated singer-storyteller Bill Harley, which libraries can share with local radio stations and schools for PA announcements;
A list of Top Ten Things for Kids to Do @ your library® that can be downloaded and distributed throughout the community, promoting what the library has for children; and
a Web page designed especially for kids and parents (www.ala.org/families) that links to family-friendly ALSC resources such as Great Web Sites for Kids, recommended book lists and online activities for children.
The Kids! @ your library® campaign will launch to the public at Boston Public Library on Sunday, November 12, the first Sunday of Children's Book Week. Singer-storyteller Bill Harley will perform with a local children's choir his original campaign theme song "@ Your Library" and other favorites at a free family concert, and media will have a sneak preview with Harley and the choir beforehand.
ALSC encourages libraries large and small to get involved with the Kids! campaign. Visit the site at www.ala.org/kids and take advantage of the tool kit materials, resources, and ideas there. Post the "So Much to See. So Much to Do. @ your library® campaign logo (downloadable from the tool kit) on your library Web site and link it back to our special www.ala.org/families page. Send us your input. Let us know how you are using the campaign materials, what resources you found most helpful, and what materials you'd like to see offered as part of the campaign. Your comments and suggestions will help us to evaluate the resources we currently are providing and to plan for future materials that are useful and relevant. Send us samples of materials that your library has developed or adapted using the campaign materials. All feedback and samples can be sent to: Laura Schulte-Cooper, ALSC, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSC develops and supports the profession of children's librarianship by enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library service to our nation's children. For more information, visit www.ala.org/alsc.