Woman’s Day magazine shares stories of improving health and wellness at the library

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

NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009

Continuing an eight-year partnership with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage for libraries, Woman’s Day magazine profiles four women who used the library to improve their health and wellbeing.

The article appears in the magazine’s March issue, now on stands.  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.

“The library taught me that the way to good health is to have a mind that’s full,” said Linda Slayton of Des Moines, Iowa, in the article.

Woman’s Day announced the initiative last February, asking its readers to submit stories of how they improved their or their family’s health and wellness at the library.  This is the seventh such initiative Woman’s Day has co-sponsored with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries to promote libraries and librarians.  Previous topics have included “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.” 

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.