For immediate release | May 30, 2024

American Library Association President Emily Drabinski to embark on cross country library tour

CHICAGO – American Library Association President Emily Drabinski will tour the country this June to highlight the contributions of American libraries to their communities.

The “Road to Annual” tour, named for ALA’s Annual Conference, will kick off in early June at Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island where Drabinski will highlight the importance of federal support for libraries and the Right to Read Act. The tour will conclude in San Diego, the site of the Annual Conference.

“Libraries do so much good work, and the goal of this tour is to elevate libraries across different communities and show how fundamental they are to our country,” said Drabinski. “ALA is a connector to our libraries and library workers, and I can’t wait to highlight the people who are serving their communities is so many different ways and give them a chance to tell their stories.”

The tour will include stops at libraries in West Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Arizona on the way to San Diego.

With the support of the Lannan Foundation, filmmaker Nikita Carpenter Jr. will join the tour to document the work happening at the selected libraries. A reel will air during the President’s Program at Annual Conference. A full documentary film will be made available after.

The President’s Program titled, “The Heart of Our Story: A Celebration of Library Workers – a panel session” will celebrate the profound influence library workers exert within their communities, highlighting their good work in big cities and rural communities, in the public eye, and just outside it.

Updates on the tour will be available on ALA’s social media channels and website:

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Raymond Garcia

Communications Specialist