Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/08/2018


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs is the sixth installment in the Association’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series. The Quick Reads series features publications under 100 pages long and covering topics deemed essential to modern public library workers.

The newest Quick Reads publication consists of ten essays highlighting educational programs that took place at the PLA 2018 Conference, March 20-24 in Philadelphia, Penn. Filled with instruction, advice, and knowledge from some of the field's most innovative thinkers, the publication covers hot topics such as serving patrons experiencing homelessness and reaching children with barriers to library access. It is currently available for download (PDF, 58 pages) from the PLA Member Library.

To access this free publication, you must first log into to confirm your current PLA personal membership. You are welcome to make one printed copy, though we ask that you do not post the file online or share it electronically in any way.

Other Quick Reads publications available free of charge to PLA members include Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century (PDF, 58 pages), Get Inside: Responsible Jail and Prison Library Service (PDF, 72 pages), and Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab (PDF, 64 pages). Two other publications -- The Bed Bug Guide for Public Libraries and Weeding Manual -- are available to PLA members at discounted prices.

For more information about the Quick Reads series, contact Kathleen Hughes, PLA publications manager, at


About PLA
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or