Public Awareness Office

Library Card Sign-up Month Fact Sheet

September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

This year marks the 30th anniverary of Library Card Sign-up Month, a national observance that was launched in 1987 to ensure every child obtain a library card and use it. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

ALA President Stripling stands up for libraries in two national publications

CHICAGO Two op-eds  written by ALA President Barbara Stripling recently appeared during School Library Month in April. The op-eds  passionately make the case for the value of  libraries.  In the April/May edition of Our Children, a publication of the National PTA, a piece entitled "Stand Up for School Libraries" focused on the value of school libraries.

ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

The cohort, selected through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.

National Library Week, April 13-19, celebrates the role of libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries across the country are continually changing to adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of the communities they serve.

Communities nationwide will celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014. This year’s theme is “Lives Change @ your library.”

Australia libraries promote @ your library campaign with Library Lovers Day

CHICAGO – The @ your library public awareness campaign has found success in the land down under.

A recent article in Information Today written by Victoria Anderson, a consultant in the Public Library Services branch of the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, documents the history of Library Lovers Day in Australia.

You can find the article by visiting http://www.infotoday.com/mls/sep11/Anderson-Library-Lovers-Day-in-Australia.shtml.

Author David Baldacci weighs in on e-books, library budget cuts in @ your library video

CHICAGO — Author David Baldacci, who wrote the best-seller “Absolute Power,” said he believes publishers will provide libraries with greater access to e-books in a video produced by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Information Office (PIO) for the ALA’s website for the public, atyourlibrary.org.

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.