National Library Week Press Kit
Communities nationwide celebrate National Library Week, April 2-8
ALA to visit hurricane-ravaged libraries April 3-4
(CHICAGO) After losing his home in Mississippi, Roy Burkart was one of thousands of people who turned to America’s public libraries for help. “I use these facilities (the Bay St. Louis Public Library) at least once a week,” Burkart told Mississippi’s The Clarion-Ledger.
American Library Association (ALA) President Michael Gorman and other library leaders will begin National Library Week (April 2-8) by touring hurricane-ravaged libraries in New Orleans and Mississippi and meeting with local library staff. “National Library Week is a perfect time to focus attention on the needs of these libraries, to learn more about their reconstruction efforts and to honor their work,” Gorman said.
The ALA has helped to match over 300 libraries nationwide with libraries in the Gulf region through its “Adopt a Library” program and has raised more than $300,000 for hurricane relief.
Every day, from coast to coast, America’s libraries connect millions of people with a remarkable wealth of resources. Sixty-two percent of Americans have library cards—and are putting them to greater use online and in person. Despite the Internet and downloadable media, the number of items circulated in the nation’s public libraries has grown every year since annual figures became available in 1990.
National Library Week is the time each year that the ALA and communities nationwide celebrate and promote the contributions of our libraries and librarians. Local events reflect the range of programs and services in public, school and higher-education libraries – from a rock concert to an Edible Book Festival to open houses. A partial list of offerings can be found online at www.ala.org/nlw2006.
Other events going on during National Library Week include:
National Library Workers Day (NLWD), April 4
Put it in Writing @ your library
National School Library Media Month, April
To schedule interviews with national spokespeople and learn more about library trends, how libraries are helping communities, or rebuilding efforts in Gulf Coast libraries, please contact Larra Clark, ALA Media Relations Manager at 312-280-5043, or Macey Morales, PR Coordinator at 312-280-4393.
With more than 66,000 members worldwide, the ALA is the voice of America’s libraries and the millions of people who depend on them. To learn more about National Library Week and the ALA, please visit www.ala.org/nlw2006.
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