State of America's Libraries 2019

Libraries Equal Strong Communities

Libraries = Strong Communities is a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public, and school libraries. An initiative of 2018–2019 American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo, the campaign was announced at her Inaugural Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Stops on the Libraries = Strong Communities Tour: Loida GArcia-Febo addresses a crowd at Cambrige (Mass.) Public Library; Students work on a craft project and create a mural wearing tshirts that say "Because libraries bring us together.

Garcia-Febo toured a series of libraries throughout her presidential year to ignite public awareness about the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at local, state, national, and global levels.


  • Pikes Peak (Colo.) Public Library District | OCTOBER 6, 2018
  • Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library | OCTOBER 18, 2018
  • Seattle Public Library | JANUARY 26, 2019
  • North Miami Public Library | FEBRUARY 9, 2019
  • Los Angeles Public Library | MAY 15, 2019

The tour will conclude on June 22, 2019, during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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State of America's Libraries 2019