Julie Andrews shares her thoughts on libraries in new video

Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2008

Julie Andrews shares her thoughts on libraries in new video

Academy Award-winning actress and honorary chair of National Library Week Julie Andrews discusses the value of libraries in
a new video available on YouTube. The clip can be posted on libraries’ Web sites or blogs to promote National Library Week (April 13-19, 2008).

"Libraries for me were a place of peace, quiet and joy," says Andrews, recalling her library visits as a child. "Such a new world of adventure opened up for me when I took a book out of my local library."

As part of her role as National Library Week chair, Andrews has also lent her image to radio and television public service announcements (PSAs). Print, radio and television PSAs are available for libraries to use locally and can be found on the&#160National Library Week Web page.

Other tools available on the National Library Week Web page include a sample proclamation, press release, radio PSA scripts and letter-to-the-editor. All documents are available in both English and Spanish and can be customized for local use. The materials incorporate the National Library Week theme, "Join the circle of knowledge @ your library." For more information, visit the&#160National Library Week Web page.

Products support National Library Week as well. Posters, bookmarks and digital art files can be purchased from the
ALA Online Store.