The Pennsylvania Library Association is proud to introduce the “PA Forward Speak Up! Authors & Illustrators Speak Up for PA Libraries” initiative for Thursday, November 6, 2014. This initiative places Pennsylvania authors and illustrators in the spotlight, increasing support for libraries everywhere.

PA Forward Speak Up will match participating PA authors and illustrators with libraries to do programs in which they speak about the importance and personal impact of libraries and present a program related to their work. The program could take a variety of forms, depending on the capabilities of the authors and illustrators and the program interests of the library: it could be a reading, a lecture about the topic of the book, a demonstration (examples: cooking demonstration by a cookbook author), a presentation of writing/illustrating tips, a talk about their career, etc.

As a partner, your involvement can help fuel the dialogue on Pennsylvania libraries and the key role these institutions play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our state.

By participating in Speak Up! Your library agrees to advertise and evaluate the program, provide a location, refreshments and any technology equipment for the author/illustrator. Program must be free and open to the public.

Book sales are authorized. Autographs will be up to the author/illustrator. Speak Up! will not be coordinating bulk purchases for titles.

Speak Up! will attempt to match your library with an author/illustrator and will provide marketing assistance with press releases and flyers.

Thank you so much for agreeing to participate.

* 1. Contact Name

* 2. Library Name

* 3. Street Address

* 4. City

* 5. Zip Code

* 6. Email Address

* 7. Phone Number

* 8. Type of Library

* 9. Would you be interested in a virtual program? Such as Skype or other format.

* 10. What audience are you trying to reach with Speak Up? Select up to 2 different audiences.