Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Authors for Libraries program

The Association for Library Trustees, Advocates,Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) has created an "Authors for Libraries" program.  The ALTAFF website includes information about each author, including links so visitors can check for details on author tours, reading group tips, and more. 

What is particularly useful is that the authors have each provided a quote about libraries that libraries and library advocates may use in their newsletters and on websites.

Run down the list of authors and their books.   Find your favorite authors and see what they have to say.  Then look at them all.  What a resource!
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    The Lacuna
    , 2009 Quote: "'I'm of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved.' I wrote these words more than 10 years ago in an essay called 'How Mr. Dewey Decimal Saved My Life.' Now, in a world where kids are often strapped for both resources and valid information, I believe in libraries as havens of salvation  — more than ever." 

    • Margaret H. Baroody The Unexpected Visitor, 2010
      Quote: "Our school library took me to worlds I could only visit in my mind, but it exercised my imagination and shaped my dreams. I shall be forever grateful. Growing up in a home with no magazines and few books, Monday mornings became the highlight of the week."

      ALTAFF invites libraries to join their "Authors for Libraries" program.  Members will receive The Voice for America’s Libraries and details about how you can help advocate for libraries.

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