Connect with National Library Week


Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2009

CHICAGO – The Campaign for America’s Libraries is inviting ALA members to join the new National Library Week community in ALA Connect, the home of the American Library Association’s (ALA) online communities.

The mission of the National Library Week community ( is to create an open discussion space for ALA members to communicate their ideas and develop new ways to celebrate and promote National Library Week in all types of libraries.

The community is open to librarians in all types of libraries. Librarians are encouraged to post their own programming ideas and discussions. To join, visit

For more information on ALA Connect, visit

Additional online materials focusing on “Communities thrive @ your library,” the 2010 National Library Week theme, are available for download at They include a proclamation, sample press release and letter-to-the-editor, as well as scripts for use in radio public service announcements (PSAs).

The community’s first discussion includes a list of promotional ideas for National Library Week 2010 using the theme “Communities thrive @ your library.” Ideas include creating a community garden at your library, partnering with a local credit union to teach a finance class and working with another community service based organization.

Ideas were generated by the National Library Week subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Public Awareness Committee, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries (, 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 by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.