New posts on @ your can help you select a college, find a teen cooking group, connect with your kids

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/03/2010


Mark Gould

CHICAGO - New posts, including how to help your child select a college, teen cooking programs and a national initiative for parents to connect with their kids @ your library are featured on the @ your library website this week.

The website provides lively posts, vital information and recommended resources that everyone can take advantage of at their local library.

Connect with your kids @ your library, an initiative to strengthen families and advance educational outcomes by motivating millions of parents to spend quality time with their children, is sponsored by Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine and the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries. This initiative will generate 1 million quality hours spent between parents and their children and reach more than 6 million households in the United States in top markets. Check it out on the @ your website.

Another interesting story on the @ your library website describes the work of StoryCorps, an American oral history project that has recorded more than 30,000 stories in all 50 states. The group has released an iPhone app, available on the StoryCorps website or in the iPhone App Store.The app allows users to take a "humanity break and listen to Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps audio segments anywhere and anytime.

Other posts you can enjoy include an interview with Louis Prima's biographer, describing how the New Orleans native became an entertainment legend, a video about the changing face of America’s libraries, a Read poster featuring actress and TV star America Ferrera, of Ugly Betty, the latest book reviews from Booklist and much more. is the website for the American Library Association’s public awareness campaign —the Campaign for America’s Libraries, which highlights the value of libraries and librarians and connects people to the free resources at their local library.

Prepared by librarians and other experts, new articles are uploaded regularly with how-tos and tips for parents, job seekers, teenagers and kids and much more. Recommended resources are linked to the World Cat database, which provides a list of the nearest libraries where the recommended item can be accessed.

“We welcome you to browse the site to learn about all sorts of interesting topics, but most importantly we encourage you to visit your local library to find out how you can benefit from the knowledge of the librarians and the abundant resources available there,” Mark R. Gould , director of the American Library Association’s Public Information Office, said.

Visitors to the site can sign up for a regular newsletter for updates on new content. You can also follow developments on the site on Twitter, through Facebook and on the @ your library blog.

The site is underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Disney Book Group.