For immediate release | June 7, 2011

ALTAFF’s ‘How Louisiana Libraries Created New Beginnings’ at ALA Annual Conference to feature Karin Slaughter

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will present “How Louisiana Libraries Created New Beginnings,” ALTAFF’s Specialized Outreach Services luncheon featuring Karin Slaughter, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the JW Marriott, New Orleans.

Attendees will learn how diverse individuals have faced change in their libraries and communities, as well as how they have joined forces with staff, Trustees, Friends, local politicians and the community to make it all come together and create new beginnings for their libraries. Speakers include Katelyn Ramsey Castleberry, Friends of the New Orleans Public Library; Dr. Ron Heezen, director of the Shreve Memorial Public Library, Shreveport, La., and author and library advocate Karin Slaughter.

Karin Slaughter is The New York Times and internationally best-selling author of 11 thrillers, including "Beyond Reach," "Triptych," and "Faithless." Her latest book is "Fallen" (Delacorte Press/Random House, June 2011). She is a native of Georgia. To help spread the word about the needs for community support for public libraries, she has spearheaded, with an event that benefited the DeKalb County (Ga.) Public Library system. The initial event served as a pilot program to make it repeatable at other libraries with a minimal amount of staff planning time and administrative investment.

Tickets cost $55. Event code: ALT4. For more information on ALTAFF events during the ALA Annual Conference, visit


ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. ALTAFF brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or