Worlds connect @ your library

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

NEWS
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2009

CHICAGO – National Library Week is just around the corner, and libraries across the country are gearing up to demonstrate how “Worlds connect @ your library,” the theme for National Library Week 2009 (April 12-18).

Broomfield (Colo.) Public Library is hosting a bookmark contest for National Library Week with dual themes: “Worlds Connect @ your library” and “pennies for change.” The contest promotes the library’s National Library Week fundraising drive, which raises money to provide school supplies and build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The contest enables children to form a connection to kids across the world.

Bemis (Colo.) Public Library is also hosting a “Worlds Connect @ your library” contest, in which library users are invited to stop in during National Library Week and try their luck at identifying the county of origin for eight folk costumes. For entering the contest, library users receive a prize. Winners will have their names entered into a drawing to receive one of five gift certificates for dinner at a Thai, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Mexican or Italian restaurant.

Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library has a special edition newsletter for National Library Week, featuring “Worlds Connect @ your library” theme. In correlation with the theme, the library has invited presenters to discuss other cultures and landscapes, such as political life and Egypt and a traveler’s photography from Antarctica.Â

In celebration of National Library Week, the Kenton County Public Library of Covington, Ky., is using the “Worlds Connect @ your library” theme to connect library users with local celebrities. The library will also host a celebrity READ poster scavenger hunt where library users locate celebrities throughout the library. The library will also host a “read around the world” series of events, featuring a different country each day.Â

The Southern Lehigh (Va.) Public Library is using “Worlds Connect @ your library” as the theme for a poetry contest in April. Submissions are categorized into four age groups, and cash prizes will be awarded for each category winner.

Libraries are also encouraged to use sample materials developed by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.” They include a proclamation, sample press release and letter-to-the-editor, as well as scripts for use in radio public service announcements (PSAs).
ALA Graphics products also supporting the “Worlds connect @ your library” theme are also available. In addition to traditional posters and bookmarks, libraries can also purchase mini posters, luggage tags and a banner.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.