For immediate release | December 10, 2010

ALA Graphics raises awareness of endangered libraries

CHICAGO—What do the giant panda, black rhino and your library have in common? They all face extinction if their existence continues to be taken for granted. To raise awareness of this, ALA Graphics debuts the Endangered Libraries T-shirt, adapted from New Jersey librarian Andy Woodworth’s inspiring concept.

"In a changing climate of funding and support, the public library is under a constant pressure that threatens its very survival. I hope this shirt is a reminder to librarians, library patrons and the public at large that the library serves as a valuable community resource for education, research, literacy and much more. If it goes away, society as a whole will be poorer for its loss," said Woodworth.
“We were excited to partner with Andy to develop and produce this thought-provoking t-shirt,” said Rachel Johnson, director of ALA Graphics. “With reports of reduced hours and branches closing nationwide, ALA Graphics wanted to bring attention to the crisis facing libraries.” Along with the Endangered Libraries T-shirt, ALA Graphics also debuts the Love My Library Buttons. Featuring the international library symbol, the brightly colored buttons are a small but strong reminder library champions of all ages can wear to show their support.
Find these and other products that help you advocate for your library on the ALA Store, where your purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.
ALA Graphics supports the ALA mission through the creation and distribution of quality products promoting libraries, literacy, lifelong learning, and reading. ALA Graphics develops products based on customer need, including products that support the key action areas of the Association: diversity, education and continued learning, equity of access, intellectual freedom and 21st-century literacy.


Katharine Fronk