For immediate release | May 14, 2013

Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House during ALA Annual Conference

Event to benefit the ALA Cultural Communities Fund

CHICAGO—For attendees of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, there are still tickets available for a unique opportunity to tour the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright designed Robie House, while supporting the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF). On Monday, July 1, toast the 10th anniversary of the CCF and explore the house, with tours available at 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Support for this event has been provided by Interactive Design Architects, Elk Grove Graphics and Library Furniture International.

Tickets for this event are available for $75 as part of registration for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference at or can be added to a previously completed conference registration by logging in at

The evening will include a cocktail reception, with docents from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust available on site to answer questions. Transportation to and from the event will be provided. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment to support cultural programming in libraries.

Located on the University of Chicago campus, the Robie House is considered one of the most architecturally significant buildings in America. Wright designed the house in his Oak Park studio in 1908. His client, forward-thinking businessman Frederick C. Robie, moved into the home with his family in 1910. Over the ensuing 100 years, Robie House has come to be acclaimed as the quintessential Prairie Style house and, as Wright himself said, “a cornerstone of modern architecture.” In fact, Robie House is the only one of his creations that Wright fought to preserve from demolition—twice. The house was the first building to be named a Chicago landmark and is an official site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More information on the Robie House is available online.

Through a generous challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ALA Public Programs Office established the ALA Cultural Communities Fund to support cultural programming in all types of libraries. Ten years later, CCF continues to make possible high-quality professional development for librarians, development of new program models and recognition of excellence in library programming through achievement awards. To make a donation to CCF in honor of ten years of outstanding and important work, please visit

CCF is an initiative of the ALA Public Programs Office, which promotes cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries. The unit assists librarians across the country by providing leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities in order to provide library users of all ages with cultural opportunities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit


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Angela Thullen Baker

Program Officer

Public Programs Office (PPO)