Download print PSA featuring Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chair

Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator



For Immediate Release

August 26, 2008

Customizable PSA available on request

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries announces that a print public service announcement (PSA) featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, is now available for download.

The print PSA can be downloaded for free at To have your library's logo added to the PSA, at no additional charge, visit for more information. Your customized PSA will then be e-mailed to you in a PDF format within one to two weeks.

The master of the sky hook, the 7-foot-2-inch Abdul-Jabbar led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers to six NBA championships. But Abdul-Jabbar’s achievements go far beyond the court. He has written several books, including “On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance; “Giant Steps”; “Black Profiles in Courage”; “A Season on a Reservation”; and “Brothers in Arms.” Four of his books reached bestseller lists.

Abdul-Jabbar said, “The library has always been my own personal time machine. I can walk through the doors and land in any place, any time period in history. I didn’t have to wonder what their worlds were like; I could experience it first hand.”

Abdul-Jabbar is featured in his own READ poster at the ALA store. Visit to order your own.

For more information on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, go to his Web site,

Held in September, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Library Card Sign-up Month was launched in 1987.Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. Free tools to help libraries promote Library Card Sign-up Month are available at