No matter how much data highlights the value of libraries, we know that stories—especially stories with an emotional component—can be crucial for building public support.

We need real-life stories from your patrons to help make an emotional connection with potential library supporters. Let us know how your library has transformed a community member’s life, and we might incorporate your story into our Libraries Transform public awareness messaging.

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In the May edition of the Libraries Transform Newsletter, we asked libraries to send us their Because statements.
Vote for your favorites. A maximum of three can be selected. The winner will receive a $50 gift card for the ALA Store.

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The Libraries Transform T-shirts we created for ALA's Annual Conference were popular, so we're considering a second printing. Please let us know what colors, sizes and Because statements you're interested in.

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Because the summer slide isn't playground equipmentWe're inspired by the creativity of Because statements that libraries are writing, like "Because the summer slide isn't playground equipment," from the team at the Upper Arlington Public Library in Ohio, so we're asking you to send us your ideas for new Because statements. We'll pick our favorites and then let you vote for the winner. The creator of the best Because statement will receive a $50 gift certificate to the ALA Store. Enter your best Because statement before June 14 for a chance to win!

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We need your stories!

At ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta this week? We're recording your stories about how libraries are transforming. Stop by the video room and tell us what's happening at your library,

We'll be there from 9-11 a.m. on Friday and 4-5 p.m. on Saturday. The video room is located just behind the ALA Store at the south end of the International Lounge.

Jill from Wickliffe, Ohio

When I first set out to home school my then 13 year old son several years ago, I was completely at a loss for where to begin. I am not a trained teacher. As a single mother with a degree in nutrition, curriculum design had always been far from my mind, but I did know his interests and how he learns. Apprehensive but hopeful, I turned to our local library. They did not disappoint. I was able to easily search topics throughout the entire Clevnet system in a variety of modalities including books, videos, cds, and audiobooks.

Von from Camp Verde, Arizona

If Arizona had a backwoods, that's where I would have been born in 1947. I was born into a family that was short on money but long on seeking knowledge. We had books and it was expected they would be read. By the time I entered kindergarten, I was an accomplished reader. Thank you, Mom. Libraries were a place to get books and, for me, that justified their existence. I don't remember there ever being "children's programs". It seemed to me that children were barely tolerated- seen and not heard. Didn't care. Books.

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