Public Awareness Office

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

New “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PSAs capture the action and adventure found at the library

CHICAGO -  Let’s face it.  It’s an information jungle out there and librarians and library staff lead countless quests to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.  In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017, American Library Association (ALA) and Sony Pictures are offering free action-packed audio, social media, and video public service announcements (PSAs).  Available for download until Feb.

Follow 2018 ALA Youth Media Award results live

(CHICAGO) Librarians and library staff are transforming lives by connecting youth with materials that educate, inspire and foster lifelong learning.

The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature during its Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. MT, Feb. 12, 20l8, from Denver, Colorado.   Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action live through ALA social media channels and the live webcast at http://ala.unikron.com/2018 .   

Acclaimed author, ballerina Misty Copeland to serve as 2018 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO – Bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018. Like librarians and library workers, Copeland’s efforts to lead social change through her writing and teaching fuel the transformation of lives through cultural understanding, education and lifelong learning.

Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Julie Bill with the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles and Annie Cipolla with the Los Angeles Public Library were named winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Bill and Cipolla are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Bill and Cipolla are two of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Rochester, N.Y. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Timothy Ryan, young adult services librarian/circulation supervisor at the Rochester Public Library in New York, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Ryan is being recognized for his leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. He is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Rita Platt, teacher-librarian at St. Croix Falls Elementary in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Platt is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Decatur, Georgia librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Marcia Kochel, teacher librarian at Druid Hills Middle School in Decatur, Georgia, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Kochel is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Corvallis, Oregon librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Natalia Fernández, curator and archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Fernández is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor. She is also the first librarian from Oregon to receive the award.