Woman’s Day magazine seeks stories on using the library to save money

Contact: Megan Humphrey
Manager, Campaign for America’s Libraries
312-280-4020
mhumphrey@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009

In its March issue, on stands now, Woman’s Day magazine announced a call for entries on a timely topic:  using the library to help save money.

From Feb. 17 through May 18, women ages 18 and up are invited to send in stories in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org.  Up to four stories will be profiled in the March 2010 issue.

Librarians can download free tools to help collect local stories from the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary).  Click on “Woman’s Day.”  Tools include a sample press release, newsletter copy and a Web button.

More information, including the official rules, is posted on the Woman’s Day Web site ( www.womansday.com/ala). 

This latest initiative continues an eight-year partnership between the magazine and ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage for libraries.  Since 2002, Woman’s Day has asked its readers to write in about “how the library has changed my life,” “why I would want to be a librarian for a day” and “how I started my business at the library.”   

The March 2009 article features four readers who used the library to improve their health and wellness.  Featured are a wife who turned to the library for solace during her husband’s illness, a new mom who sought answers about postpartum depression at the library, a retiree who learned how to find trusted medical resources at a free library class and a reader who rediscovered books through the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program after she lost her sight.

Woman’s Day magazine is a Partner in The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Univision Radio and Verizon. 

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