10 libraries to host “Put it in Writing @ your library” workshops with Woman's Day writers during National Library Week

Contact: Megan Humphrey
Campaign Coordinator
mhumphrey@ala.org
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2006

10 libraries to host “Put it in Writing @ your library” workshops with Woman’s Day writers during National Library Week

Ten libraries across the country have been selected to host workshops for aspiring writers led by writers from Woman’s Day magazine during National Library Week, April 2-8, 2006.

The workshops are part of the fourth year of "Put it in Writing @ your library," designed to promote the wealth of opportunities that all types of libraries offer that can spark a writer’s imagination and creativity and help develop a community of writers. Since 2002, 45 libraries have hosted the workshops, which have drawn nearly 2,500 attendees.

During the two-hour workshops, Woman’s Day writers will offer tips on how to get published, drawing from their own experiences and specialties. These workshops are free and open to the public. Librarians will also showcase the resources available at their library to help local writers break into the business.

The workshops will be held at the Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library/Learning Resource Center at the City College of San Francisco; Koelbel Library of the Arapahoe Library District (Centennial, Colo.); Skokie (Ill.) Public Library; Scott Community College Library of the Eastern Iowa Community College District (Bettendorf, Iowa); Montgomery College Libraries at Rockville, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and Germantown (Md.); Public Library of Brookline (Mass.); Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) Public Library; Cameron Village Regional Library (Raleigh, N.C.); West Chester (Ohio) Library; and Lewis D. Cannell Library at Clark College (Vancouver, Wash).

The "Put it in Writing @ your library" program is just part of ALA and Woman’s Day’s ongoing partnership. Currently, YALSA members are featured as part of Woman’s Day’s online book club at www.womansday.com/community . In addition to the book club, the magazine has featured library-related editorial initiatives since 2002, bringing library-related content to its 4 million readers.

The March 2006 issue will highlight two readers researching their family trees at their local libraries. The two readers were among nearly 1,000 of the magazine’s readers who responded to the magazine’s question, "Why would you want to research your family tree at your library?"

The March issue will also ask its readers how the library has changed their lives. Some of those stories will be shared in the March 2007 issue. ALA’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund will also be mentioned in a story about hurricane relief.

Woman’s Day, published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., is a Founding Partner of The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s multi-year public education campaign designed to showcase the value of public, school, academic and special libraries, librarians and library workers in the 21st century.

For more information about The Campaign for America’s Libraries, visit the Campaign Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary .