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.
Garcia-Febo will tour 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 the local, state, national, and global level. Follow the hashtag #LibrariesStrong on social media to keep up with the Libraries = Strong Communities tour and related events.
Libraries are encouraged to use the Libraries = Strong Communities platform locally to highlight the value of their library and empower patrons to advocate for libraries.
October 6, 2018: Pikes Peak (Colorado) Public Library District
October 18, 2018: Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library
October 22, 2018: Cranston High School East Library Media Center
January 26, 2019: Seattle Public Library
February 9, 2019: North Miami Public Library
May 15, 2019: Los Angeles Public Library
June 22, 2019: ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
6/26/2018 | ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort | Press release
10/8/2018 | Find out why the president of the American Library Association thinks libraries are so important | Fox News 21
10/9/2018 | Libraries = Strong Communities Tour Launches in Colorado Springs: ALA president visits libraries, attends library rally | American Libraries
10/10/2018 | American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo kicks off national tour at Library 21c in Colorado Springs | Woodmen Edition
10/16/2018 | American Library Association President to visit Cambridge for national tour promoting Libraries = Strong Communities | City of Cambridge
10/19/2018 | ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library | Horn Books: Out of the Box
10/23/2018 | A Call to Access: ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo visits Cambridge libraries | American Libraries
10/24/2018 | American Library Assn. president visits East, cites library importance | Cranston Herald
10/26/2018 | Setting 21st-Century Standards: ALA president emphasizes importance of school librarians | American Libraries
How does your library build a strong community? Use these tools to highlight the value of your library and show your support for the Libraries = Strong Communities initiative.
North Miami Public library used the Libraries = Strong Communities branding in this great video promoting their summer reading program.
Add the Libraries = Strong Communities frame to your Facebook profile or images of your library's community-building efforts. It's available under "Effects" or by searching "American Library Association" when uploading images to Facebook. You can also download the transparent PNG file and place it over images for use on other platforms.
Eight new Libraries Transform Because statements have been created for the Libraries = Strong Communities initiative. Use the posters, postcards, bookmarks, and social media graphics to get the word out about how your library helps to build a strong community.
Join the Libraries Transform campaign to access to more public awareness tools. Registration is required, but the tools are free.