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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.

Nation observes National Bookmobile Day @ your library

CHICAGO – The tightening of belts across the U.S. has almost everyone looking for ways to cut costs.  With entertainment being one of the first targets, your local library is driving to the rescue – literally – as bookmobiles are racing into communities bringing education, entertainment and enlightenment wherever they go.  Those communities will take time on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to celebrate these heroes on wheels during National Bookmobile Day @ your library.

Librarians help spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night, April 23

CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year round.

State of America’s Libraries Report 2013

Libraries play a responsive role as budgets are cut, book challenges increase, ebooks present new challenges

CHICAGO — Libraries and library staff continue to respond to the needs of their communities, providing key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking out forcefully against book-banning attempts and advocating for free access to digital content in libraries, with a keen focus placed on ebook formats.

National Library Week, April 14-20, celebrates the role of libraries

CHICAGO — Communities nationwide are celebrating the contributions of libraries – including school, academic, public and special libraries - and library workers during National Library Week, April 14 – 20, 2013, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s theme is “Communities matter @ your library.”

Libraries provide key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking out forcefully against book-banning attempts and advocating for free access to digital content in libraries.

Honorary Chair of National Library Week Caroline Kennedy makes appearance at Seattle school library

CHICAGO — In her role as honorary chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), author, editor, library and literacy advocate Caroline Kennedy visited with students at Sanislo Elementary School library in Seattle to discuss the power of poetry and libraries.  The visit was timed in conjunction with April's School Library Month.

National Library Week PSA featuring Caroline Kennedy appears on the Disney Channel

CHICAGO — New public service announcements (PSA) of National Library Week Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy are currently appearing on the Disney Channel. Approximately 1.4 million viewers see the PSAs every time they air.

Kennedy appears in the PSA with the star of Disney Channel's "Austin and Ally," Laura Marano.  They discuss the value and opportunities available at libraries.

Librarians can watch the PSAs from the National Library Week website and link to the PSAs or embed them on  their own websites, blogs or Facebook pages.  

ALA President welcomes new Pew report on 'Library Services in the Digital Age'

CHICAGO — Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association (ALA), submitted the following statement regarding the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” that was released today. The report examines the role of libraries in communities, how people use libraries and their websites and the kinds of services people would like to see from libraries and librarians.

National Library Week 2013 programming ideas now available

CHICAGO – Looking for ideas on how you can promote Communities matter @ your library this National Library Week (April 14-20)? Then check out the National Library Week promotional ideas page.

All ideas on the page were submitted to the Campaign for America’s Libraries by libraries across the country.  

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