Public Awareness Office

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."

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.

Pew Study: 'Libraries offer children resources not available at home'

ALA President Maureen Sullivan Releases Statement on New Research

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new study shows that the majority of parents highly value one resource for their children: libraries. Ninety-four percent say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

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.