For immediate release | September 3, 2013

ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® invite you to thank your public library for making summer reading fun

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO® DUPLO® continue to support constructive play in libraries through the 2013 LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! giveaway. The two organizations invite parents, children, teachers, community members and everyone in between to “thank” their local public library for their great summer programs.

With school doors opening across the country it’s hard to believe summer has come to an end. Your public library’s hard work this summer has not gone unnoticed. LEGO DUPLO would like to thank public libraries for the creative ways they have made summer reading fun for children with $5,000 to be used for future children’s programs.

Until Oct. 15, 2013 ALSC and LEGO DUPLO invite the public to visit, enter their name, state and zip code to vote for their public library. In recognition of all of the meaningful programs, reading lists and activities that are carried out across the country, LEGO DUPLO will grant $5,000 to the public libraries in the neighborhood with the most entries. If there are multiple public libraries in the winning zip code the award money will be divided equally amongst them. Official rules are included.

ALSC and LEGO DUPLO have worked together through Read! Build! Play! to bring tools and resources to libraries to help them incorporate constructive play into their programming. “Through play, young children learn about their world. With this knowledge, they can understand books and stories once they begin to read,” said Starr Latronica, ALSC’s President.

To learn more about the partnership please visit

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website at


Double the size of traditional LEGO bricks on all dimensions, DUPLO bricks offer children so many ways to creatively play, learn and explore. LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.” Visit


Joanna Ison

Program Officer for Projects & Partnerships

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)