Gale Sponsors Many Voices, One Nation 2010 at ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Contact: Miguel A. Figueroa

Office for Diversity & Spectrum


For Immediate Release

March 23, 2010

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity is announcing Gale, part of Cengage Learning, as a sponsor of Many Voices, One Nation at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Through Gale’s generous sponsorship, Many Voices, One Nation will be free to conference attendees (registration for the event is required).Â

This year’s Many Voices, One Nation will take place from 7:30-10 p.m.on Friday June 25 and will highlight ALA President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus, an initiative to encourage families in ethnically diverse communities to read and learn together. The Many Voices, One Nation program, an evening of literature and performance during the ALA Annual Conference, brings together writers and artists from different perspectives and presents a rich program of spoken word, music and performance art that celebrates and reminds us of the many unique cultures sharing one world. Â

Through Gale’s generous sponsorship, tickets to Many Voices, One Nation will be free to Conference attendees. Conference registrants can request tickets to event code ALA6. Attendees who have already registered and paid for the Many Voices, One Nation 2010 event will be contacted by the Office for Diversity to schedule a refund. A maximum of 300 free tickets will be available for the event, so individuals are encouraged to register early for this event. Â

Ron Stefanski, Vice President at Gale, said “Gale has long recognized the key role libraries play in helping newcomers and diverse users find a welcome place with the resources and tools to succeed. Many Voices, One Nation strongly supports this role, and we are proud to sponsor this program.”

Many Voices, One Nation began as an initiative of ALA Past President Carol Brey-Casiano. The 2005 Initiative generated a "nation's booklist" available at the ALA website, a nationwide celebration of reading entitled Many Voices, One Nation, One Night @ your library® held for the first time on Monday, April 11, 2005 during National Library Week and the first Many Voices, One Nation literary event held at the ALA 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago. The 2008 event, themed the Many Voices, Many Nations, honored the art and culture of America’s diverse Native American populations.

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