ALA: highlights National Library Week

Contact: Jenni Terry

ALA Washington Office



For Immediate Release

April 21, 2009

, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) says the Senate’s tribute to National Library Week on the Senate homepage,, brings attention to the importance of libraries and the difference libraries are making in the lives of millions of Americans.

“The ALA appreciates the Senate for making note of National Library Week on its Web site this week and for reminding the Congress and all those who use their own libraries on a daily basis of the myriad contributions libraries make in today’s information-driven world,” ALA President Jim Rettig said.

“With more Americans turning to libraries during this time of economic downturn, bringing awareness to libraries and the services they provide such as help with job searching, resume building, skills training and financial literacy is critically important.”

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, held on the third week of April.

The message on the Senate homepage noted that the reference section of was created by librarians, and it provides guidance to help citizens find U.S. Senate information.

“Libraries are not just about books, they are about people and communities,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). “They bring people together at a place where they can expand their horizons. Celebrating National Library Week is a great way to recognize the valuable contributions libraries make to our families, communities and the nation.”