For immediate release | February 7, 2012

Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide now available in Spanish

CHICAGO – The Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide is now available in Spanish.

This guide for parents provides tips for using library resources to create quality family time. Suggested activities, such as learning to manage money, exploring different cultures and living 'green', are grouped by theme: learn, explore, connect, play and create.

Connect with your kids @ your library promotes the library to parents as a trusted place to spend quality time with their children, reinforces the notion that taking children to the library is a sign of being a good parent and demonstrates the free high quality programs available at the library for parents and children.

The English version of Connect with your kids @ your library launched at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The Spanish guide was made available online and in a printable PDF format at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January.

Both the English and Spanish family activity guides are hosted online on ALA’s public awareness website, In addition to the guide, the Connect with your kids @ your library site includes a blog and stories from families that use the library together. Two video public service announcements (PSAs) are also posted on the site for sharing online.

The two PSAs, developed with a grant from Lifetime Networks, cable television media sponsor of the initiative, air on the network and feature families engaging in activities such as reading together, going online and researching their family tree and are augmented with custom animation to convey the excitement of family adventures.

The campaign’s print media sponsor, Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, provides promotional ad support.

It is the newest outreach campaign developed by the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.


Megan McFarlane