ALA and Woman’s Day magazine want to know why the library is important to your community

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2010

CHICAGO – This spring, the American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day magazine will showcase the importance and value of  libraries.  The initiative will ask readers to submit stories on why the library is important to their community.

From now through May 9, women ages 18 and up are invited to send in stories in 700 words or less to  Up to four stories will be profiled in the March 2011 issue of the magazine or at

Librarians can download free tools to help collect local stories from the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site (  Tools include a sample press release and newsletter copy.

A downloadable Web button that can be linked to the official rules on the Woman’s Day Web site ( is also available.

The initiative continues a nine-year partnership between the magazine and ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated extensive editorial coverage for libraries.  Since 2002, Woman’s Day has asked its readers to write in about “how the library has changed my life,” “how the library helped improve my health” and “how the helped me deal with the tough economy.”

Woman’s Day magazine is a Partner in the Campaign for America’s Libraries (, 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 by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.

Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Disney Book Group, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 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.