ALTAFF hosts fundraiser with NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

Contact: Beth Nawalinski

Director of Marketing & Communications




For Immediate Release

March 24, 2009

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with ALA Conference Services, presents an evening with
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio’s weekly hour-long quiz program on Thursday, July 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. ALTAFF has purchased all 500 seats in Chicago’s Chase Auditorium and will pack the house with librarians and library supporters as a fundraiser for the newly established division during the ALA Annual Conference, held July 9-15 in Chicago.

Host Peter Sagal, official scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a panel of the nation’s foremost pundits, including Paula Poundstone, will play this witty and quirky weekly quiz show, which is broadcast in 50 states on 440 public radio stations with a weekly listenership of 2.5 million. The podcast consistently ranks in the iTunes Today’s Top Podcasts list.

Each show features eight quizzes based on events from the week's news. Four of the games include listeners who call in to win the most coveted prize in public radio – veteran NPR newsman Carl Kasell recording the greeting on their home answering machine. The “Not My Job” segment, where guests are pushed to talk about something they know nothing about, is played on behalf of an audience member, who can also win Carl Kasell’s voice on his or her home answering machine.

Poundstone is the national spokesperson of ALTAFF and has provided free public service announcements for Friends groups to promote themselves in the community. She is further supporting libraries on a local level by partnering with promoters and the local Friends organization in cities where she performs. The local Friends group receives tickets for use in fundraising or promotion as well as a portion of the book sales after the performance where Poundstone makes herself available for signings.

Tickets are $30 each or $40 for the VIP section and may be purchased through ALA Conference Services. Those who have previously registered for the conference may add tickets by calling Experient at (800) 974-3084. New conference registrants may purchase tickets online or by phone during the registration process. Tickets are also available for purchase without conference registration by calling Experient at 800-974-3084.

ALTAFF is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. This new division of ALA was formed in early 2009 when Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and ALA’s Association of Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) joined forces to unite libraries’ voices to speak out on behalf of library services and free public access to information. With more than 5,000 members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters, ALTAFF helps Trustees and Friends work together at the local, state, and national levels to effectively promote and advocate for libraries, encourages the development of library Foundations, and engages corporate supporters to unite and strengthen voices in support of libraries.