For immediate release | October 8, 2013 webinar shares resources and tips for successful civic engagement programs

CHICAGO — A growing and diverse array of nonpartisan, non-agenda-driven materials about important public issues are available from the National Issues Forum Institute and other sources. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and are pleased to announce a free, one hour webinar at 3 p.m. Central time on Nov. 5 that will present books, videos and other guides available to help librarians bring their communities together to talk in productive, civil and interesting ways. This webinar is the fifth in a civic engagement series.

The webinar presenters include Patty Dineen from the National Issues Forum Institute and Carolyn Caywood and Nancy Kranich, both from ALA’s Center for Civic Life. They will review and show examples of available materials, describe how these guides can support engaging library programs and give examples of how librarians have used them in their communities. Time will be available at the end of the webinar for Q&A as well as suggestions and stories.

You can register for the webinar online. To learn about similar online learning opportunities, and view the archives of previous webinars from the series, visit

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included the Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. The ALA Public Programs Office also developed, an online resource center that brings librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit


Brian Russell

Program Coordinator

Public Programs Office