Thousands to visit libraries for guidance on preserving heirlooms, keepsakes

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/17/2018


Macey Morales

Deputy Director

Public Awareness Office

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are preparing to celebrate Preservation Week, April 22 – 28, a time when libraries from across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, recipes, photos, family documents, textiles, digital items and other valuable materials.

Preservation Week will provide an opportunity for participating libraries to highlight special programs and services that will help connect library users with preservation tools; promote the importance of preservation; and enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the public.

This year’s Preservation Week theme is cooking and community archiving, and participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation, and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the public. Institutions around the world will be using the hashtag #preswk to talk about their preservation programs and services. 

Food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter Michael W. Twitty will join efforts and pass on his knowledge of family history and cooking during Preservation Week. As Preservation Week Honorary Chair, Twitty will appear in Preservation Week artwork and will chronicle preservation efforts through various social media channels. You can follow Twitty online with @KosherSoul on Twitter or through his Facebook page for cooking tips and resources.

Author of The Cooking Gene (Harper Collins, 2017), Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by as one of the 20 greatest food bloggers of all time and been named one of the “Fifty People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living and one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by 

Preservation Week is a collaborative effort supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

For more information regarding Preservation Week please visit

ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.