Download print PSA featuring Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chair

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
August 26, 2008

Customizable PSA available on request

CHICAGO The American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries announces that a print public service announcement (PSA) featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, is now available for download.

The print PSA can be downloaded for free at www.ilovelibraries.org/librarycard. To have your library's logo added to the PSA, at no additional charge, visit http://www.atigraphics.com/new07/ala/ala-custom-psa.html for more information. Your customized PSA will then be e-mailed to you in a PDF format within one to two weeks.   

The master of the sky hook, the 7-foot-2-inch Abdul-Jabbar led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers to six NBA championships. But Abdul-Jabbar’s achievements go far beyond the court. He has written several books, including “On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance; “Giant Steps”; “Black Profiles in Courage”; “A Season on a Reservation”; and “Brothers in Arms.” Four of his books reached bestseller lists.

Abdul-Jabbar said, “The library has always been my own personal time machine. I can walk through the doors and land in any place, any time period in history. I didn’t have to wonder what their worlds were like; I could experience it first hand.”

Abdul-Jabbar is featured in his own READ poster at the ALA store. Visit http://www.alastore.ala.org/SiteSolution.taf?_sn=catalog&_pn=product_detail&_op=2541 to order your own.

For more information on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, go to his Web site, http://www.kareemabduljabbar.com/.

Held in September, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Library Card Sign-up Month was launched in 1987.Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. Free tools to help libraries promote Library Card Sign-up Month are available at www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.