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Free Outreach Toolkit Available for PBS Cancer Special

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that it is working with WGBH Boston on the upcoming national outreach campaign for the film “The Truth About Cancer,” which will air on PBS at 9 p.m. on April 16 (check local listings). The 90-minute documentary film, followed by a 30-minute expert panel hosted by news journalist and cancer survivor Linda Ellerbee, will be the launching pad for events and projects across the country focused on creating community conversations around cancer survivorship.

ALA and WGBH encourage libraries to reach out to their local PBS stations to collaborate with them on events surrounding this film. To assist in these outreach efforts, WGBH will offer extensive online resources, including downloadable handouts, which will be available at http://www.pbs.org/takeonestep starting in March 2008. In addition, a limited number of free Outreach Toolkits, including two event posters and a DVD Screener that will include 30 minutes of the film and the full expert panel, is available to libraries that request them. WGBH asks that libraries not hold public screenings using the DVD screener until one week prior to the premiere broadcast.

To order the Outreach Toolkit, please go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/request.html. Materials are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, view the ALA Press Release at: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2008/february2008/outreach08.htm.

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