Contact: Trish Cleary


For Immediate Release

October 31, 2003

Celebrate the season w

ith the new ALA Graphics catalog

The new American Library Association (ALA) Graphics catalog captures the excitement of the holiday season while providing inventive and affordable products that help librarians and educators promote literacy, reading and their libraries during the holiday season and throughout the year.

New products include:

Be Curious
@ your library®

This inventive new program encourages early literacy for babies and young children. The cornerstone of the program is the “Curious Read CD” that features a step-by-step planning guide, customizable digital art for posters, bookmarks, certificates, stickers, games, and other promotional pieces. Other program products include a mini poster, “Curious Reader” sticker, “Curious Kid” ribbon/bookmark, and a growth chart. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) Early Literacy Project in cooperation with ALA Graphics and Houghton Mifflin Company developed program items. .

Customization @ your library®

Make a splash with customized posters, banners and bookmarks. ALA has enhanced the customization program with more design options and easier ordering. This is a great way for libraries to promote their services to the community by adding their name, address, web site, logo, hours and special message to a variety of colorful, ALA-exclusive bookmarks.
The new Welcome Banner is also available for customization with your library’s information.
The next deadline for customized bookmarks is November 11, 2003.

Dewey coffee mug

Show off your classification skills with the clever new Dewey mug
. The stoneware mug features the Dewey Decimal number for coffee, and is available in both black and white. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) approved!

Julia Stiles celebrity READ poster

Julia Stiles, a native New Yorker, and a devoted reader, writer, and actress, is the latest celebrity to pose for ALA’s READ poster series. This winter Stiles joins Julia Roberts in the uplifting and poignant drama “Mona Lisa Smiles” as a young woman at Wellesley College in the 1950s. Julia is reading “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris.

National Library Week (April 18 – 24, 2004) items

Stock up on 2004 National Library Week (NLW) products. NLW is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support. This year’s
official NLW poster, mini poster, bookmark, and banner feature bright colors and all-inclusive silhouettes. Libraries can save time and money by purchasing ALA Graphic’s cutting-edge Library People CD
. This innovative CD allows libraries to save money by creating their own beautiful, customized artwork to promote NLW.
The CD includes graphics for posters; bookmarks; page borders; web banners; tip sheets; and much more.

Welcome Everyone @ your library®

This eye-catching Welcome banner and mini poster feature “welcome” in 25 different languages. The product was
produced in cooperation with the Hennepin (MN) County Library.

Raise a Reader @ your library®

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Graphics department is pleased to introduce a new bookmark series that encourages early reading for babies.
The colorful bookmark features a baby reader with the tagline “Raise a Reader.” ALA Graphics is looking for a baby reader to be featured on the next bookmark.
People are encouraged to submit a photo of a baby being read to, or reading for the Raise a Reader Contest.
For more information about the Raise A Reader Bookmark Contest, please visit

The full-color ALA Graphics catalog features over 300-library, reading and literacy-related posters, bookmarks, banners, gifts and incentives. Librarians, educators, childcare providers, parents, grandparents, or anyone who works to foster a love of reading will find an abundance of quality products to choose from.

To receive your free copy of the new ALA Graphics Holiday 2003 Catalog, please call 800-545-2433 and press 7 or visit the ALA Graphics’ online store at Please note that volume discounts are available on large orders, as are consignment sales to libraries and non-profit groups. For more information on special sales and discounts, please contact John Chrastka at 800-545-2433, extension 4027, or via email at