Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator


For Immediate Release:

July 29, 2008

Still time to thank Julie Andrews

(Chicago) Hundreds of librarians and library supporters stopped by The Campaign for America’s Libraries exhibit space at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calf., to write personal messages of thanks and appreciation for the entertainment icon’s efforts on behalf of libraries and librarians as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2008.

An electronic card is now available to allow more library supporters to thank her for her efforts. Those interested in writing a message can access the card at or by clicking on the Julie Andrews icon on The Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at

This year, Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews donated her time and image to promoting National Library Week as its Honorary Chair. A print public service announcement (PSA) featuring Ms. Andrews appeared in national magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, O, the Oprah Magazine, and others, and was seen by more than 35 million readers. Ms. Andrews also donated her talents to radio and television spots that were picked aired by stations across the country.

Messages may be used as part of The Campaign for America’s Libraries ongoing story collection web site, which will be launched soon. All electronic cards and personal handwritten notes will be forwarded to Andrews the week of September 1.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries is ALA’s national public awareness campaign to remind the public about the value of libraries and librarians, and is part of the ALA Public Information Office. For more information, visit