Public Awareness Office

Caroline Kennedy named Honorary Chair, National Library Week 2013

CHICAGO — Caroline Kennedy has been named the 2013 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013), according to the American Library Association. During National Library Week and throughout the month of April, libraries of all types—public, school, academic and special-- hold special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in American society and encourage the public to use their resources.

Gaming connects communities @ your library

Read, learn, play during International Games Day Nov. 3

CHICAGO – On Saturday, Nov. 3, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association’s fifth annual International Games Day @ your library. The event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

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.

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