Get your t-shirts at the rally or register for one in the exhibit hall at the ALA booth. We’d like to see a sea of red t-shirts saying “Vote for Libraries” on Capitol Hill on Tuesday!
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 25 /PRNewswire/ — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is proud to support the American Library Association as its members hold a rally for libraries on June 29, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. ET, on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C.
“Gale is proud to continue our library advocacy mission and support this important event,” said Tina Creguer, Gale’s vice president of marketing communications. “Many of our staff plan on attending the rally, and Gale is providing the ‘Vote For Libraries’ t-shirts being distributed onsite. We encourage everyone at the conference — librarians and vendors alike — to make their voices heard and join us at the Capitol on Tuesday, the final day of the ALA Annual Conference.”
The bus service Gale has long provided for conference attendees at ALA will extend to that morning. There will be bus service from the convention center to Union Station, (walking distance to the Capitol) and back, running from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
More than one thousand librarians from across the country are expected to join together for this event. The rally is open to the public and will feature speakers including best-selling young adult author Lauren Myracle, U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers (MI-3), U.S. Rep. Grijalva (AZ-7), Sen. Jack Reed (RI), and ALA President Camila Alire.
Those attending are also encouraged to meet with their legislators to share with them the importance of libraries. “As communities face economic difficulties, the local library is more valuable than ever – with tangible services that support the community,” said Creguer. “We want legislators to know that a down economy is not the time to cut library funding. Support is more critical now than ever before. In addition to providing books, computers and other information resources that support students and families, services have expanded to include assistance with employment searches, creating resumes, teaching how to apply for a job online and so much more.”
For more information about the event, go to www.ala.org/lad.
About Cengage Learning and Gale
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Linda Busse, MLS
Director, Corporate Communications
Gale, part of Cengage Learning