Public Awareness

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

CHICAGO — Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement responding to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom.  

Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair

ATLANTA – Gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will help shine a spotlight on the value of all types of libraries as the 2017 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Today’s libraries are transforming lives and communities every day by providing patrons safe spaces to engage in civic discussions, tools to access and evaluate online news sources, services to meet the needs of a digitally evolving society and collaborating with teachers to foster student success.

AASL Celebrates 2017 School Library Month with spokesperson Andy Weir

CHICAGO – Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

Ten librarians chosen for prestigious national public service honor

PLA President Felton Thomas Jr. releases statement on public libraries and inclusiveness

CHICAGO – Public Library Association (PLA) President Felton Thomas Jr. released the following statement in response to the divisive election season and the post-election challenges our communities face. This message is in support of the statement released earlier today by the American Library Association.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, January 22, 2017.