2013 National Library Week Sample Press Release


National Library Week 2013
Sample News Release
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For release National Library Week
April 14-20, 2013
Contact: (name, title, phone number)
Communities matter @ your library: celebrate National Library Week April 14-20
(CITY, STATE) –This week, the [name of library] joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. 
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them.  Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The [name of the library] serves [name of city/school/college] by providing [list services/resources.]
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said [name and title of the spokesperson]. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.” 
The [name of library] is celebrating National Library Week by [describe programs, activities here].
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  
For more information, visit the [name of library] at [address], call [phone number] or see the library’s Web site at [provide URL].  Libraries hours are [list times].
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