Public Awareness Office

Judy Blume named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2014

CHICAGO – Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.

Hartford (Conn.) Public Library hosts 'Right to Libraries' Declaration signing ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. — A ceremony declaring the right of all Hartford residents access to vibrant libraries in their communities was held at Friday at the Hartford Public Library.

The “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” is the cornerstone document of the American Library Association’s Libraries Change Lives initiative to build sustained public support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public.

Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, Chicago Bulls two-time NBA All Star Luol Deng will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Luol Deng has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines and on websites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.

Nominations open for the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – Nominations opened at American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago for the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has provided ALA funding to administer the national award for an additional two years, through 2014. The New York Times will continue to support the award through ads in the newspaper and NYTimes.com. It also hosts an event for the winners in December.

PR Forum topic: 'Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding'

CHICAGO — David Vinjamuri, branding expert, NYU professor and Forbes.com blogger, will speak at the 2013 PR Forum from 8:30-10 a.m., Sunday, June 30,  McCormick Place Convention Center S40,on the topic:  “The $84 Question: Why libraries matter and can do more in the era of e-books, social media and branding."

Copies of  Vinjamuri’s book, “Accidental Branding: How Ordinary People Build Extraordinary Brands” will be raffled off.  All attendees will receive a copy of his  new novel, “Operator.”

Your first job @ your library

CHICAGO — It is graduation season, which means new graduates are out seeking that first full-time job. But where to begin the search? Graduates should take a look at the resources at their library.

Using the library to find a job after school is nothing new. Even President Obama credited the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the New York Public Library and its librarians for the resources he used to find his first community organizer position.

Spring has sprung @ your library

CHICAGO — Whether spring means a thorough house cleaning, preparing a home garden or simply enjoying the season,  librarians are planning programs that suit library users' preferred springtime activities.

Below are just a few examples of what libraries across the country are planning to do to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Friends of the Potomac (Md.) Library showcase all the events going on throughout the season with Spring Happening @ your library. Upcoming events include spring story hours, Chinese language book discussions and monthly used book sales.  

Shakespeare @ your library

CHICAGO – It seems appropriate that the Bard of Avon's birthday should take place during the same month we celebrate National Poetry Month. It is no surprise that libraries across the country are celebrating the 449th birthday of William Shakespeare.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes about the state of school libraries in the Huffington Post

CHICAGO — As school libraries celebrate National Library Week (April 14 - 20) and School Library Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan expresses her concern about current and future challenges in an opinion piece published in the Huffington Post.

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