For immediate release | July 21, 2011

Fall into the new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – There’s something for everyone inside the new ALA Graphics fall catalog, full of fresh products designed to encourage readers of all ages.

More than a dozen new posters and bookmarks make their debut, including those inspired by the popular children’s book series "Bad Kitty" and "Five Little Monkeys," as well as Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee and author Mary Lyn Ray’s forthcoming book "Stars."

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages teens to “Read for the Fun of It!” during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22. In addition to the official line of Teen Read Week materials, a new assortment of tween and teen products feature both extraordinary and everyday adventures in the lives of young people. The second book in Rick Riordan’s wildly popular "Heroes of Olympus" series arrives in October, and the exclusive art will excite YA readers in anticipation of this new adventure. The Lost Hero poster and bookmark illustrated by John Rocco features exclusive art inspired by the first book in the series.

Whit & Wisty Allgood, the magical teen heroes of James Patterson’s "Witch & Wizard" series, appear on a vibrant poster touting the transformative power of reading, while Nikki Maxwell and friends, stars of the "Dork Diaries" graphic novel series, make their READ® poster debut. “We’re excited to have so many offerings for tweens and teens this fall. These posters and bookmarks make a great addition to any library’s celebration of Teen Read Week,” said Rachel Johnson, Director of ALA Graphics. “The art can’t help but inspire reading for pleasure!”

Promoting the value of education and information at any age, the Knowledge is Power Poster Set features insightful quotes, such as “Information is the currency of democracy,” from Thomas Jefferson, as well as other wise words from Aristotle and Francis Bacon. This set of materials will appeal to young adults and older groups, adding inspiration to the walls of schools, libraries, colleges, museums and other institutions.

Friends of libraries are heroes in their own right and should be recognized as such. The new catalog introduces Friend Your Library Buttons and downloadable materials that library staff can customize for local Friends events and initiatives. The buttons, bearing two different slogans—Friend Your Library and I’m a Library Friend —feature bright logos that pop with enthusiasm.

Find all of the new products at 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.



Jennifer Lowman Day