National Library Week Community
The Campaign for America’s Libraries is looking for stories about how librarians are planning to promote National Library Week (April 10-16) using the theme “Create your own story @ your library.”
Librarians are encouraged to submit stories of how they are planning to promote National Library Week, including “Create your own story”-themed activities and events. Stories can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to the National Library Week community in ALA Connect at http://connect.ala.org/node/85425.
One library story will be selected at random to win a $100 gift certificate to ALA Graphics. To be eligible stories must be submitted by Monday, March 21.
Watch full video from Honorary Chair Neil Gaiman's online event
ALA President-Elect Roberta Stevens presents on the 2010 State of America's Libraries report
House of Representatives passes resolution honoring National Library Week
Check out this media coverage from National Library Week 2010:
Minneapolis Public Radio
Why Neil Gaiman loves libraries
American Public Media's Marketplace
Libraries adapt to help unemployed
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Libraries: They're not just for books anymore
National Library Week: What's in a library?
YALSA Celebrates Support Teen Literature Day as part of National Library Week
San Francisco Chronicle
Celebration of bookmobiles
Clark Library Celebrates National Library Week And National Library Workers Day
`Twilight' series on list of challenged books
Contact: Jenni Terry
ALA Washington Office
For Immediate Release
April 14, 2010
House of Representatives passes resolution honoring National Library Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 13, the House of Representatives passed H.RES.1222, a resolution to support the goals and ideals of National Library Week. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers (MI-3-R), the resolution outlines the many ways libraries of all kinds serve our country.
The opening text of the resolution states, “Whereas the Nation’s school, academic, public, and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the United States, today, more than ever; Whereas librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn, and work in a challenging economy; Whereas libraries are part of the American Dream, places for opportunity, education, self-help, and lifelong learning.”
Click here to read the Congressional Record account of the proceedings, including the full text of the resolution and floor speeches.
Contact: John L. Amundsen, OLOS Communications Specialist | 312.280.2140 | email@example.com
The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) is calling all libraries participating in National Bookmobile Day to share the ways they are celebrating the event. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas either by contributing to the National Bookmobile Day Wiki, joining in on the conversation on the NBD ALA Connect community, or by emailing their ideas and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Held during National Library Week on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, the inaugural National Bookmobile Day will celebrate the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
To learn more about National Bookmobile Day, please visit www.ala.org/bookmobiles.
National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Service (ABOS), and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
NLW 2010: Celebrate the first-ever National Bookmobile Day @ your library®! Online tools now availableby Megan McFarlane (staff) on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm
On Wednesday, April 14, join libraries across the country in marking the first-ever National Bookmobile Day @ your Library®!
Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
To assist participating libraries in celebrating the event, we’ve launched an online toolkit, www.ala.org/bookmobiles. The toolkit features sample publicity materials, including a press release, letter-to-the-editor and proclamations for library staff and supporters to use in their communities. Also included on the page are downloadable National Bookmobile Day logos, bookmark templates, a customizable flyer and links to National Bookmobile Day on social networking sites.
Whats more, the toolkit also has links to the National Bookmobile Day community in ALA Connect, where librarians can collaborate and share ideas on promoting the event. Participating libraries can share ideas and stories on how they celebrate the contribution of bookmobiles and direct-delivery outreach.
Visit the online toolkit today to find ideas and inspiration for your NBD 2010 celebrations!
Questions? Contact John Amundsen, OLOS Communications Speicalist, at 312.280.2140, or email email@example.com.
Poudre River Public Library District wins 2010 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grantby Megan McFarlane (staff) on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 06:38 pm
The Poudre River Public Library District of Fort Collins, Colo., is the winner of the 2010 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant.
The $3,000 grant, sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Awareness Committee, is awarded annually for the best public awareness campaign in support of National Library Week (April 11-17, 2010).This year, libraries were asked to develop a proposal using the 2010 National Library Week theme, Communities thrive @ your library.
As the winner, the Poudre River Public Library District will connect Communities thrive @ your library with the concept of the library as the “original renewable resource.” The theme will be promoted through a series of programs and activities centered on the concept of renewable resources. It will also demonstrate how the library and its community can work together to thrive and become more sustainable.
To accomplish this goal, the library will partner with the Friends of the Library and a local Girl Scout troop to organize a children’s book swap. Additionally, the library will host a “green” day for new parents where they can learn about things from using cloth diapers to toys made from recycled plastic. Throughout the week, the library will also give away CFL light bulbs, magnets made out of recycled library cards and recycled book bags.
During the spring, the library will advertise its National Library Week programs in community newspapers, commercials on YouTube, social networking sites, the library’s Web site and in its new “green” annual report, which will be available as an interactive link on the library’s Web site.
Members of the 2010 National Library Week Subcommittee are: Lisa R. Rice (chair), Bowling Green (Ky.) Public Library; Elliot L. Appelbaum, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Gordon Baker, Clayton State University, Morrow, Ga.; Renee DiPilato, Alexandria (Va.) Public Library – Duncan Library; Susan Kowalski, Pine Grove Junior High School, East Syracuse, N.Y.; Bev Obert, Rolling Prairie Library System, Decatur, Ill.; Tony Tallent, Boulder (Colo.) Public Library; and Lisa Powell-Williams, Moline (Ill.) Public Library.
A copy of the winning proposal is available online at www.ala.org/nlwgrant.
The Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign, 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.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier®, Children's Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier OnlineTM.
Two free, downloadable radio public service announcements (PSAs) are available to librarians looking to promote National Library Week (April 11-17, 2010) on their local radio stations.
Radio PSAs discuss the value of libraries to millions of Americans, along with the variety of resources libraries provide during tough economic times. The PSAs are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded at www.ala.org/nlw.
Downloadable PSA scripts are also available for radio stations that do not accept pre-recorded PSAs.
Author Neil Gaiman, winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal for "The Graveyard Book," is the 2010 Honorary Chair of National Library Week.
As Honorary Chair, Gaiman appears in a free downloadable print public service announcement (PSA) and will participate in a National Library Week event developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries.
A Web button featuring Gaiman is also available to librarians looking to increase visibility for National Library Week on their Web sites and blogs. The Web button and PSA, along with other free materials are available at www.ala.org/nlw.