Earlier this year, ALA updated their advocacy tool Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries with new information and research.
For instance, you had probably heard before that there are more public libraries, including branches, than McDonald’s in the United States. But did you know that there are also more public libraries than Starbucks? Also, there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, which is more than all Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games combined! Now those are some impressive facts!
You can purchase the pocket-sized fold out cards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can download them in English and Spanish here. There is also an annotated version here so we can cite our sources.