Placing How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics in Area 54 Public Libraries

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Welcome to the Public Outreach Experience!

Hello Area 54 Al-Anon members,

Are you looking for a way to participate in an Al-Anon public outreach project? One that could impact the lives of people in all of Area 54? What could be better than everyone having access to How Al-Anon Works – for Families & Friends of Alcoholics (in English and Spanish) through our local public libraries. It can happen with your help.

Public outreach service tools help communicate the message of Al-Anon/Alateen to the community through outreach to professionals, to the media, to institutions, and to the general public. Our goals are to attract newcomers to our fellowship and to inform professionals who work with families and friends of alcoholics about the Al-Anon/Alateen program. Public Outreach encompasses Outreach to the Public/Media (Public Information or PI), Outreach to Professionals (Cooperating with the Professional Community or CPC), and Outreach to Institutions.

Area 54 Public Outreach Task Force Goal: To devise a process to place How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends of Alcoholics (in English and in Spanish) into every public library in Area 54. At the Fall 2022 Area Assembly, the members voted to fund the purchase of these books over the following three Assemblies. If all of the 288 public libraries in Area 54 accept two books each, that would mean the Area is investing $4,158 in this important public outreach project.

The Public Outreach Task Force has formulated a process to achieve the Area’s goal, and now is the time for the sixteen districts to carry this effort to completion. It may sound overwhelming, but members from the task force have already begun contacting the libraries in their districts and are placing orders for the books. They have overcome hurdles in the process and are sharing their tips and suggestions with you.

In this Kit you will find:

  • A “How to” list to guide you throughout the process
  • A list of the public libraries in your district
  • A phone script that you can follow when contacting the libraries
  • A letter you can email to the libraries
  • A Fact Sheet for Professionals to provide to the libraries
  • Information on special handling for remote libraries.
  • A very helpful list of tips from task force members who have already begun this process

We thank you for your service to Area 54,

Public Outreach Task Force

May 5, 2023

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