ALA offers members travel affinity program for personal travel

Contact: John Chrastka

Manager for Membership Development

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2005

ALA offers members travel affinity program for personal travel

Proceeds will support the Cultural Communities Fund

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the availability of discounted travel tours for ALA members as an added benefit of membership. This benefit is available through Collette Vacations, which offers escorted tours, cruise programs and learning vacations to all seven continents.

A portion of the proceeds of travel sales under this program will be returned to the ALA as a royalty to support the Cultural Communities Fund (CCF). Once demand has been established, there are possibilities for future tours that focus on libraries and library history.

The Cultural Communities Fund, created by the ALA Public Programs Office, is an endowment that supports local libraries in establishing community and cultural programming. The first of its kind, the fund will help libraries of all types develop and host cultural programs for communities across the country. To find out more or to make a donation, visit

For more information regarding itineraries or to place a reservation, please call 888-324-0169. To learn more about the benefits of ALA membership or to join, please visit and click on “join” on the top right of the page, or call 800-545-2433 and press 5.

About the Public Programs Office: Founded in 1990, the Public Programs Office of the American Library Association is charged with fostering cultural programming as an integral part of library service in all types of libraries nationwide. The unit assists librarians across the country by providing leadership, resources, training, and networking opportunities in order to provide library users of all ages with cultural opportunities. To learn more, please visit

About Collette Vacations: With a reputation for value and quality in planning travel packages for over 87 years, Collette Vacations runs tours for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, the History Channel, and the National Association of Senior Friends. To learn more, visit