“One Book, One Community” workshop scheduled for ALA Midwinter Meeting

Contact: Laura Hayes



For Immediate Release

November 26, 2003

“One Book, One Community” workshop scheduled for ALA Midwinter Meeting

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will host “Mastering the One Book, One Community Initiative” at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, in San Diego, Calif., January 9, 2004.
The full-day intensive seminar provides an opportunity for librarians, administrators and supporters to learn how to plan and execute world-class “One Book” initiatives for their communities.
It is the first-ever
national training opportunity for “One Book” programmers.

The workshop features panel presentations by several librarians with extensive experience with “One Book” projects.
Speakers include Mary Dempsey, commissioner, Chicago Public Library; Andrea Lapsley, assistant director for Marketing and Development, Houston Public Library; Nancy Pearl, executive director, Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library and creator of the “One Book” concept; and Steve Sumerford, assistant director, Greensboro (N.C.) Public Library.

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity for the library community,” said Deb Robertson, director of the ALA Public Programs Office.
“We are presenting this workshop to meet the demand for ‘One Book’ resources from the growing number of librarians who are embarking on ‘One Book’ projects.
This workshop will provide training for librarians who are either struggling to develop their first ‘One Book’ project or to keep their ‘One Book’ initiatives fresh year after year.”

Topics covered in the workshop include choosing a book, managing special events, finding funding, organizing discussion series, community partnerships, working with publishers, and target audience marketing.
Participants will also receive a “One Book, One Community” CD containing an extensive planning guide and professionally designed and customizable promotional materials for community “One Book” initiatives.
The CD was developed by ALA Graphics and the ALA Public Programs Office and is valued at $99.
The CD/planning guide is also available for purchase through the ALA Graphics catalog, or online at
Discounts apply for ALA members and multiple orders.

Registration for this event is open to all librarians or individuals interested in hosting “One Book” initiatives in their communities.
To register for “Mastering the One Book, One Community Initiative,” please visit
Cost for ALA members and non-members is $175.
For more information about the institute, please visit
www.ala.org/publicprograms/onebook, or contact the ALA Public Programs Office at
publicprograms@ala.org, or (800) 545-2433 x. 5045.

The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to foster cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries.
Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.