Public Awareness

Now available: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring Toy Story 4 characters

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo hosts webinar 'Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season'

CHICAGO — The ALA Chapter Relations Office is pleased to announce that ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will host the webinar “Library Preparedness for Hurricane Season,” on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The webinar is free for all to attend.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month 2019 with Special Toy Story 4 Tie-in!

CHICAGO – This September Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining the American Library Association on an adventure to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs.

ALA and SAGE Publishing release Libraries Transform tools for promoting critical thinking

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new Libraries Transform toolkit with free public awareness resources relating to critical thinking. The toolkit was created through a collaboration with SAGE Publishing, a Library Champion whose generous financial support helps fund Libraries Transform.

Out of Print celebrates National Library Week with disaster relief fundraiser and Star Wars™ READ® materials

CHICAGO – Apparel and accessories company Out of Print is collaborating with the American Library Association (ALA) for a National Library Week fundraiser and officially debuting its new Star Wars™ READ® collection.

State of America’s Libraries 2019 report affirms Libraries = Strong Communities

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries 2019 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 7 – 13, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. Never have our nation’s libraries played such a pivotal role in strengthening communities through education and lifelong learning.

Nation’s libraries prepare for Money Smart Week®, March 30, April 6

CHICAGO – Financial issues are a constant in our lives. They change as they reflect milestones in our lives. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement.

Public Library Association, National Network of Libraries of Medicine join in supporting the NIH’s All of Us Research Program

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has expanded its partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In 2017, the two organizations launched Promoting Healthy Communities, a nine-month project to assess health information needs among public librarians and share free health literacy resources. The goal of Promoting Healthy Communities is to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services.

ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.