Haverford Township Free Library wins 2005 Scholastic Library Publishing/Grolier National Library Week Grant

Contact: Megan Humphrey

Campaign Coordinator

For Immediate Release

January 20, 2005

Haverford Township Free Library wins

2005 Scholastic Library Publishing/Grolier

National Library Week Grant

Public awareness campaign showcases "Something for everyone @ your library®"

The Haverford Township Free Library in Havertown, Pa., is the winner of the 2005 Scholastic Library Publishing/Grolier National Library Week Grant.

The $5,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week (April 10-16, 2005). This year, libraries were asked to develop a proposal using the National Library Week theme, "Something for everyone @ your library®."

The Haverford Township Free Library will collaborate with the local school district, the local senior center and local civic associations to build public awareness about the variety of free services available for community members of all ages. Services that will be promoted include tutoring for non-English-speakers, home delivery, literacy resources, large print books, foreign language material, non-print collections and computer training.

The library’s main tactic will be the production of a "virtual library tour" video, emphasizing its range of resources. The video will be distributed and shown in locations throughout the community, such as waiting rooms, senior centers, schools, retirement homes, local hospitals, homeschooling meetings, and civic association and neighborhood meetings. It will also be added to the library’s Web site.

In addition, the library will develop bookmarks, brochures, newsletters, press releases and paid newspaper advertisements. Multilingual exhibits and signs will also be created and displayed inside and outside the library to promote particular services and lists of library resources will be distributed at local businesses, grocery stores, doctors’ offices and schools. Library staff will speak at local community locations.

Working with the school district, the library will involve students in preparing promotional materials in Spanish and various Asian languages to post in key neighborhood locations such as restaurants, fitness clubs and laundromats.

Activity will culminate during National Library Week with an open house including tours, exhibits, lectures and training. To keep library users up-to-date all year, the library will create a library news blog.

"The strength of the Haverford Township Free Library proposal is best summed up by what the library said in its proposal: ‘the focus will be on bringing more of the community into the library as well as bringing the library into the community’," said Helen H. Spalding, chair of the 2005 National Library Week/Scholastic Library Publishing /Grolier Grant Subcommittee.

"Creating an original video and partnering with so many diverse organizations in the community have the potential to reach a great number and broad range of people with the important message that there's ‘something for everyone @ your library.’"

"We applaud the Haverford Township Free Library for their comprehensive strategy for reaching out to the community," said Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Library Publishing. "This year’s winning proposal involves local schools, hospitals, senior centers, civic associations, and area businesses reaching multilingual populations with important information about free library resources that are vital to the community. We are proud to support their efforts as well as this important ALA public awareness grant program."

Members of the 2005 National Library Week/Scholastic Library-Grolier Grant Subcommittee are: Helen H. Spalding (chair), University of Missouri – Kansas City; Darlene Basone, school library consultant, Maineville, Ohio; Raissa Fomerand, The Librarian’s Yellow Pages, Larchmont, N.Y.; Charles D. Hanson, Kettering University, Flint, Mich.; and Dee Yost, Hastings College Perkins Library, Hastings, Neb.

A copy of the
winning proposal is available online on
The Campaign for America's Libraries' Web site under "What’s New" and "National Library Week."

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@ your library® is the brand for The Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA’s multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign to promote the value of libraries, librarians and library workers in the 21st century. To learn more about the campaign and to access free tips and tools to help your library get on board during National Library Week and throughout the year, please visit the campaign Web site at