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McAllen Public Library Gains State, National Exposure Following Interior Design Award

The McAllen Public Library’s conversion from a Wal-Mart and its recognition by the International Interior Design Association as a winner in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition has drawn state and national coverage.  Here’s a list of media outlets that have published articles or aired interviews about the McAllen Public Library: 

ALA/IIDA

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-and-iida-announce-winners-2012-library-interior-design-competition 

NBC Latino

http://nbclatino.com/2012/07/13/walmart-transformed-into-library-unites-a-community/ 

L.A. Times Newsfeed

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/07/where-walmart-failed-a-library-succeeds.html 

Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1224761–how-an-empty-walmart-was-transformed-into-a-library 

International Business Times

Angelo Young

646-867-7161

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/360580/20120707/wal-mart-mcallen-main-library-julia-christensen.htm 

Texas Monthly

http://www.tmdailypost.com/article/culture/mcallen-s-dazzling-new-public-library 

ABC Radio – San Francisco (Monday, July 9, 2012)

Sandra Firpo

KGO 810 News / ABC Radio San Francisco

sandrafirpo@abc-sf.com

(415) 216-1300 

Univision – Paty Sesma

PSesma@us.univision.com

http://kgbt985.univision.com/fotos/slideshow/2012-07-05/un-walmart-convertido-en-la-mejor-biblioteca-publica-de-mcallen-texas 

Slate.com

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/07/07/abandoned_walmart_in_mcallen_texas_becomes_an_award_winning_public_library_how_big_box_stores_are_becoming_public_spaces_.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_plugin_activity

National Public Radio – Los Angeles

Jacob Margolis, freelance reporter

Publication TBA 

Daily Texan – publication week of 7/16/12

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/ 

Gawker.com

http://gawker.com/mcallen-public-library/?rel=author/index.xml

School Library Journal – publication due in August, print and online

Lauren Barack

lbarack@gmail.com 

Library Journal – due out September, print and online

“Library by Design” supplement

sarah bayliss [mailto:shbayliss@gmail.com]

917-202-8320 

Library Journal Design Slideshow

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DICO_PP-master-sponsors.pdf 

Time Magazine

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/09/the-town-that-turned-its-walmart-into-a-library/ 

Flavorwire.com

http://www.flavorwire.com/309136/10-wonderful-libraries-repurposed-from-unused-structures#1

 The McAllen Public Library is also featured on the cover of an academic book, working title: Walmart and the American Dream, by Christine Labuski and Nick Copeland
Virginia Tech University
Department of Sociology

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