Minoa Elementary School wins 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Contact: Megan Humphrey
Campaign Manager
mhumphrey@ala.org
For Immediate Release
February 8, 2007

Minoa Elementary School wins 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Public awareness campaign showcases "Come together @ your library®" theme

The Minoa Elementary School in Minoa, N.Y., is the winner of the 2007 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.

The $5,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week (April 15-21, 2007). This year, libraries were asked to develop a proposal using the 2007 National Library Week theme, "Come together @ your library®."

The Minoa Elementary School library will partner with several local businesses and municipal agencies to promote reading and libraries. At a kick-off ceremony, the library will present partners with signs to display outside of the front doors of their buildings. In addition to using the "Come together @ your library" theme, each sign will include customized slogans such as, "Our Money is on Reading" (local bank) and, "You have the right to read" (police station). Each partner will also receive brochures about literacy and reading to distribute at its location.

Calendars distributed within the school community will also promote the community partners by featuring information about each along with photos of the signs. The calendars will also include information about libraries and reading.

In addition, the library will work with partners on book drives to collect books for local charities and will hang a banner with the "Come together @ your library" slogan across a street in the village to highlight Minoa’s commitment to libraries.

Students will be involved in various aspects of the campaign to promote leadership and community activism.

"Through its National Library Week plans, this school library is positioning itself as a real community player and will demonstrate how libraries can bring whole communities together," said Lisa Rice, chair of the 2007 National Library Week Subcommittee.

Members of the 2007 National Library Week Subcommittee are: Lisa R. Rice (chair), Bowling Green (Ky.) Public Library; Elliot L. Appelbaum, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Gordon Baker, Clayton State University, Morrow, Ga.; Darlene Basone, school library consultant, Maineville, Ohio.

A copy of the  winning proposal is available online in the  "What's New" section of The Campaign for America's Libraries' Web site. 

@ your library® is the brand for The Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA’s multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign to promote the value of libraries, librarians and library workers in the 21st century. To learn more about the Campaign and to access free tips and tools to promote your library during National Library Week and throughout the year, please visit the campaign Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary.

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