Winter Olympics @ your library

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2010

CHICAGO – You don’t have to travel to Vancouver to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics. There are several ways to enjoy the Olympics @ your library.

Hosting your own Olympic Games @ your library can be a fun way to promote your library’s existing gaming program. Video games such as “Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games” and “Vancouver 2010” are available on a number of gaming platforms. Organize games for fun, or host a tournament and award the winners your own gold, silver and bronze medals.

Whether you enjoy watching Shaun White snowboard or you are fascinated by curling, there is bound to be a book to suit your interest. A Going for gold @ your library book display with books on winter athletes and sports can be an educational way to grab the attention of both children and young adults.

An easy way to celebrate the games and their host country is with Canada’s @ your library logo. In 2009, the @ your library logo was redesigned to feature the national colors of each member association of the Campaign for the World’s Libraries. Logos are available in the national colors of each of the 36 countries, making it easy to cheer for the home team or countries around the globe.

With each of the 15 events of the Olympic Winter Games being played at all times of the day, streaming video @ your library helps everyone stay on top of the medal count. Or take a page out of the new media playbook and host a countdown to opening ceremonies or tally of medals on your library’s homepage.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), 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.