Take a trip @ your library

Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator

Campaign for America’s Libraries

ALA Public Information Office




For Immediate Release

December 8, 2009

Take a trip @ your library®

CHICAGO – Winter vacation is almost here, and whether that means packing everyone in the car for a trip to grandma’s house or planning an armchair getaway, there’s something for everyone @ your library.

Here are just a few examples of how libraries are promoting travel resources at their libraries.

In a recent article the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library promoted audio books as a great way to pass the time during long car rides or plane trips. The library boasts a collection of audio books in every genre as well as for a wide variety of listening devices including books on CDs, cassettes, Playaways and as downloadable files.

The Southwest Iowa Library Service Area (SWILSA) reminds us that while some Americans might be forced to cancel winter vacations given the cost of gas and the chilly economic climate, the library offers plenty in the way of Armchair travel @ your library. Armchair travel offers Iowa libraries with a brief toolkit for marketing travel based literature, along with area attractions. SWILA provides a booklist, links to local attractions, clip art and sample bulletin board displays.

In it’s Check it out @ your library newsletter, the Wainfleet (Ontario, Canada) Township Public Library provides a list on travel books under the title Get ready to travel @ your library. Selected books include everything from “The Travel Doctor: Your Guide to Staying Health While You Travel” to “101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!” Â Â Â Â Â

The Campaign for America’s Libraries, (
www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.