ALA Midwinter & Exhibits
The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, holds the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in January. The conference draws more than 10,000 leaders and staff, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of libraries, trustees, special guests and exhibitors from the library and information industry for some 2,000 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..”
ALA Youth Media Awards
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth.
International Games Day @ your library, Nov. 16
In the 21st century, libraries offer much more than books. Hundreds of libraries across the country and around the world will join the American Library Association (ALA) in celebrating the popularity and educational value of video and board games during the 6th annual International Games Day @ your library on November 16, 2013.
AASL National Conference & Exhibition, Nov. 14 - 17
Now is a critical time for school librarians to find their leadership role in the changing landscape of K-12 education. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 14-17, 2013.
Teen Read Week
Seek the unknown @ your library! This Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 13-19), the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages you to read for the fun of it! Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 22 - 28, 2013
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Library Card Sign-up Month Press Kit
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country join together to remind parents and children that signing up for a library card is the first step in starting the school year off right.
ALA Annual Conference
The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, will hold its 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition from June 27 - July 2, 2013 in Chicago. The largest such convention in the world is attended by more than 25,000 librarians, library supporters, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees and special guests.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, were established in 2012, and recognize the best of the best in fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The awards serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator, and best-selling author of “Booklust” serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee.
2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study Press Kit
The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) is the largest and longest running study of its kind. The survey is conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the University of Maryland-College Park and Florida State University. It is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ALA. The study provides information from public libraries regarding their Internet connectivity, public computing, technology training, and other public library roles as public access technology centers in their communities.
School Library Funding
Good school libraries are essential to a good education. About 44 million elementary, middle, and high school students use a school library each week. Although considered a valued resource in many communities, funding for school libraries is being cut to satisfy local deficits, resulting in the loss of school librarian, materials and technology training.