Declaration Toolkit - Press Release Template

For Immediate Release


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Community Invited to Declare their Right to Libraries on DATE

The NAME OF LIBRARY will unveil the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” during a community signing ceremony on DATE. The ceremony will take place at LOCATION, beginning at TIME.

The Declaration is the cornerstone of Libraries Change Lives, an initiative of the American Library Association, designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, public, school, and special. Signatures are being collected from signing events around the nation and will be presented in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.

“If you love libraries, stand up and be counted,” said [DIRECTOR/PRESIDENT/HONORARY CHAIR]. “We encourage all community residents to visibly declare their right to a vibrant and exceptional library. This is a right we cannot take for granted! Many people don’t realize the critical role libraries play, especially in the digital age. They serve as the great equalizer, serving people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work, and govern.”

INSERT brief paragraph describing your event. [Sample] Library Board President Keith Richards and Honorary Chair Diana Nyad will lead a brief presentation about the library and will unveil the library’s Declaration. Also scheduled to present are Mayor Stacey Spacey, noted local author and postmaster Colson Whitehead, and Niles East High School team captains, Steve Banks (football) and Christine Quinn (debate). Following the presentation, all attendees will be invited to sign the Declaration. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

For those unable to attend the signing ceremony, the Declaration will always be available for signing at the library at the LOCATION desk. INSERT info if having any additional offsite events.

For more information about the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and the NAME of LIBRARY signing ceremony, visit LIBRARY WEBSITE or call NUMBER.