Campaign for America's Libraries

A free library card is your ticket to back-to-school savings

Families flock to libraries for Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO - According to the latest projections from the International Council of Shopping Centers, Americans will spend more than $40 billion on back-to-school supplies. Libraries are not sources for back-to-school fashion, but do provide access to library programs and services that help families save hundreds of dollars and support academic achievement.    

'60 Ways to Use Your Library Card' slideshow now available for Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – In celebration of September's Library Card Sign-up Month, a slideshow featuring "60 Ways to Use Your Library Card" is now available. 

Libraries can embed the slideshow, which scrolls through examples like, "Learn how to write a business plan" and "Get help with homework," on their own websites or blogs.

Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  

Libraries prepare for Library Card Sign-up Month 2012

CHICAGO – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and libraries are preparing for the promotion, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Check out how these libraries are planning on celebrating.

Win $3,000 for your library with the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

CHICAGO — Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services.

There is still time to Step Up to the Plate @ your library

Program concludes Sept. 8

CHICAGO — With the Major League Baseball season more than halfway over, now is a great time to remind library users that there’s still time to win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO — This September, Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion Troy Polamalu 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, Troy Polamalu 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 now open for 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on atyourlibrary.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  

Season seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

CHICAGO — In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

This summer, Step Up to the Plate @ your library

CHICAGO — Step Up to the Plate @ your library, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual trivia contest about the “boys of summer” returns just in time for summer.

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

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