Building Strong Libraries Together
The Arizona Library Association’s mission is to promote library service and librarianship in
libraries of all types in the state of Arizona. AzLA’s membership in the American Library
Association (ALA) supports our mission, and helps to expand our reach through advocacy,
grants, and networking opportunities.
Just like Arizona’s libraries meet a range of needs in our communities, the ALA meets a variety
of needs in our profession. The ALA is a membership organization inclusive of all types of
libraries and library workers, serves a national network connecting and supporting state
chapters, and accredits master’s degree programs for librarians.
Benefits to ALA membership include access to ALA’s standards for library services, continuing
education and professional development opportunities, community of practice and subject
matter experts, funding sources, grants, scholarships, and resources that help to underwrite the
delivery of programs and services for library users.
As a state chapter of the ALA, the Arizona Library Association has access to professional
support from staff members and divisions at ALA. The two organizations work in tandem to
support Arizona libraries by advocating for federal funding programs, guiding local librarians
through materials challenges, and providing grants and scholarships directly to Arizona
Over the past two years, libraries in Arizona have received over $1.9 million from ALA via
program grants, including $100,000 from ALA’s Library COVID Relief Fund. This support is in
addition to their advocacy for state-level funding from the federal government through the
Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) grants to states.
The ALA is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization that develops, promotes, and
improves library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance
learning and ensure access to information for all. The Arizona Library Association is proud to be
a state chapter of the ALA, and stands in solidarity with its members and its mission.
Title: Voracious Readers Read Again
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 1 - 2pm
Join Teacher Librarian Jean Kilker to learn about her Voracious Readers program model and how to facilitate a similar program at your library! Through the Voracious Readers program, teen students read titles set in different countries, joined virtual discussions, and then came to the library to watch movies based on the books, discuss the differences, and sample food from the countries featured. The program is customizable in many ways and can be adapted to different reading levels, age groups, and genres. Participants will also learn how to utilize the Arizona Humanities grants that funded this program from Samantha Anderson, Senior Grants Manager, and Julianne Cheng, Programs Manager!Read more...
Two Solar Eclipses Coming to North America!
Annular Eclipse, Saturday, October 14, 2023
Total Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024
Thanks to a generous grant from the Betty and Gordon Moore foundation, the STAR Library Network will support state and public libraries for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and 2024 total solar eclipse by providing solar eclipse glasses, solar science kits, and in-person and virtual training. (read more...)