Public Awareness Office

2012 Step Up to the Plate @ your library grand prize winner announced

CHICAGO — Stuart Wolf, a Wilmette (Ill.) Public Library patron, has won the grand prize in the 2012 Step Up to the Plate @ your library program. 

Stuart Wolf's father and son will join him on a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. at the end of October for a once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes tour of the library and archives.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan receives Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship

STURBRIDGE, Mass. – American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan is the 2012 recipient of the New England Library Association’s (NELA) Emerson Greenaway Award for Distinguished Service in Librarianship in recognition of Sullivan’s diligent library advocacy efforts.

NaNoWriMo @ your library

CHICAGO — Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

National Novel Writing Month is a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November.

International Games Day publicity tools encourage all to read, laugh, play @ your library

CHICAGO — With International Games Day @ your library just around the corner (Saturday, Nov. 3), the American Library Association (ALA) is offering free publicity resources to help libraries of all types publicize their local activities.

Librarians can find the free publicity tools online, including logos and other downloadable artwork, sample press release, letter to the editor, customizable PSA scripts and post cards.

Fall into autumn @ your library

CHICAGO — With students immersed in the school year and the cooler temperatures, the library is the place to check out both academic and extracurricular indoor programs this fall.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are doing when it comes to fall programming at their libraries.

Libraries encourage parents to dare teens to read

CHICAGO — What do the Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter books have in common? Teens enjoy reading them for the fun of it! This year Teen Read Week™ will be celebrated Oct. 14 – 20. Libraries, schools and bookstores across the world will offer a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to turn to the library as a source for free reading materials.

ALA welcomes DPLA to Chicago, library community members invited to attend

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) extends its welcome to attendees of DPLA Midwest and invites members of the library community to attend.

Taking place on Oct. 11-12, 2012 in Chicago, DPLA Midwest is the third major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders and others interested in building a Digital Public Library of America.

Library community works to address the demographic shift

More than 800 attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19 -23, came to a close with a powerful message from author and activist Jamal Joseph – “libraries empower the communities that they serve.”  Joseph’s closing note summed up the conference, themed “Gathering at the Waters: Embracing our Spirits, Telling our Stories,” which provided more than 800 attendees with strategies on how to prepare for the demographic shift. 

ALA President expresses deep concern and dismay about closure of Georgia Archives to the public

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan sent  the following letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal regarding the recent announcement to close the Georgia Archives to the public:

Still time to apply for the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

CHICAGO — There is less than a week left to apply for the  2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services.