Press Kits

ALA Midwinter Meeting & 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 2,400 meetings, programs, discussion groups, events, in-depth conversations and exhibits, united by the theme “The conversation starts here..”

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.

I Love My Librarian Award
The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the public service accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Each year an award jury selects up to 10 librarian award winners who have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. This year’s winners will be announced on Dec. 3, 2015.

Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind the masses that a library card is the key to limitless opportunities. Serving as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month 2015 is Snoopy, the world-famous beagle from the beloved Peanuts comics.

Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 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.

Teen Read Week
Get Away @ your library! This Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 18-24, 2015), 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.

ALA Annual Conference
The American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, will hold its 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition from  June 25–30, San Francisco. 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.

Preservation Week 
During Preservation Week, April 26 - May 2, 2015,  libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk

El día de los niños/El día de los libros
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Money Smart Week @ your library
 Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities that will teach members of their communities how to hone their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week @ your library,” April 18 – 25. More than 3,500 free Money Smart Week events will take place throughout the country on topics ranging from saving for college and managing student loan debt to budgeting and retirement. 

National Library Week
National Library Week (April 12 - 18, 2015) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

ACRL 2015 National Conference
The Association of College and Research Libraries will hold its national conference ACRL 2015 in Portland, Oregon, from March 25 – 28, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center. The conference will showcase the most current and relevant trends in academic and research librarianship – both scholarly and practical. This is a “can’t miss” professional development event that offers cutting-edge content and countless opportunities to engage in conversations with academic and research librarians from around the globe.

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.

Libraries Transforming Communities
Libraries Transforming Communities helps libraries become more reflective of and connected to their communities and achieve a domino effect of positive results, including stronger relationships with local civic agencies, non-profits, funders and corporations, and greater community investment in civility, collaboration, education, health and well-being. 

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.