National magazine taps librarian expertise with debut of online book club

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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2003

National magazine taps librarian expertise with debut of online book club

NEW YORK/CHICAGO, June 9, 2003 – The first of 24 librarian book recommendations debuts today as part of Woman’s Day magazine’s online book club, available at www.womansday.com.   This is the first-ever formal book club for the publication, whose Web site receives nearly 300,000 visitors every month.

Twelve librarians representing ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), PLA (Public Library Association) and RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) contributed book titles and reviews to the book club .   Each librarian was asked to submit two book titles that would appeal to the Woman’s Day reader.   They also submitted discussion questions or personal thoughts about the books to encourage discussion among book club participants.   Each title will be featured for two weeks, with the last title appearing the week of May 7, 2004.  

The librarians are: Marilyn Carbonell, University Libraries, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Celeste B. Choate, Clinton Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township, Mich.; Danielle Clarke, Beeghly Library, Ohio Wesleyan University; Carol Ritzen Kem, University of Florida; Victor Kralisz, Dallas Public Library; Heather Lawson, Memphis-Shelby County (Tenn.) Public Library & Information Center; Jennifer Lynne, Washington-Centerville (Ohio) Public Library; Christina Martinez, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Nancy Pearl, Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library; C. L. Quillen, Mount Laurel (N.J.) Library; Jacqueline Sasaki, Ann Arbor (Mich.) District Library; and Terri Works, Stockton-San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library.

“Reading is among our readers’ favorite pastimes, so I'm especially pleased to provide our readers them and Womansday.com users with a variety of book choices,” said Jane Chesnutt, editor-in-chief, Woman's Day. “I know this club will be met with an enthusiastic response.”

The book club is currently featured on the site’s “Community” section at www.womansday.com/community.   Discussion about the books will appear in the “Book Club Forum” section of the site.

The book club marks an expansion of ALA’s partnership with the magazine.   The Put it in Writing @ your library™ program began during National Library Week 2002, with eight libraries hosting sold-out workshops for aspiring writers led by Woman’s Day writers and editors.   Following the first year’s success, the number of workshop locations was doubled during National Library Week 2003.  

Woman’s Day, published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., is a founding partner in The Campaign for America’s Libraries.   Other founding partners include 3M Library Systems, Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Major League Baseball, Morningstar Foods Inc., maker of Hershey’s Milk, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

For more information about The Campaign for America’s Libraries, including how to subscribe to a discussion list for the latest updates and idea-sharing, see the ALA Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary. Libraries are encouraged to send multiple hard-copy samples of how they are involved in the campaign to: Megan Humphrey, ALA Public Information Office, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Samples may also be sent electronically to: atyourlibrary@ala.org.