For immediate release | March 5, 2013

2013 National Library Week promotional ideas wanted

CHICAGO — The ALA's Campaign for America's Libraries is soliciting stories telling how libraries of all types are promoting National Library Week with the theme Communities matter @ your library. Ideas will be shared on the National Library Week tools page. Librarians can email ideas to

Promotional tools for National Library Week 2013 include a sample proclamation, press release and letter to the editor, as well as scripts for use in radio public service announcements (PSAs). Two radio PSAs in mp3 format are download-ready.

In addition to these tools, a downloadable PSA featuring author, editor and reading, literacy and library advocate Caroline Kennedy as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week is also available. Instructions on how to request a customized PSA are also available on the website.

Kennedy’s latest book, "Poems to Learn by Heart," will be published by Disney-Hyperion.

ALA Graphics products supporting the Communities matter @ your library theme are also available. In addition to the 2013 National Library Week poster and bookmark, a mini poster and downloadable graphics are also available.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries is the 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 in part by ALA’s Library Champions.


Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator

Public Information Office (PIO)

800-545-2433 ext.2148