Woman’s Day magazine shares stories of how libraries help in tough economic times

Contact: Megan McFarlane
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Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office
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NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2010

CHICAGO –Woman’s Day magazine’s profiles four women who used the resources at their libraries to save money and accessed library resources to cope with economic tough times. The article marks the beginning of the ninth year Woman’s Day magazine and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries have partnered to highlight the value of libraries.

Featured in the magazine is the story of Karen Schmidt of Camano Island, Wash., who uses the resources and programs at her library to help homeschool her son.

“The library has made homeschooling completely doable on a single wage-earner’s income,” wrote Schmidt.

All four stories are featured on womansday.com/library. The online article highlights Tammy Thomas of Stuarts Draft, Va., who used interlibrary loan to check out college textbooks; Stefanie Schmidt of Las Vegas, who used the library’s free resources to find her place in a new community; and Cassandra Robbers of Almond, N.Y., who learned how renovate her 1880s home with books from the library.

Woman’s Day magazine has a readership of 22 million, and more than 1.5 million unique visits to womansday.com per month.

Last February, Woman’s Day asked its readers to submit stories of how they save money with help from the resources at their library. Previous topics have included “how the library has changed my life,” “why I would want to be a librarian for a day” and “how the library helped improve my health.”

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 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.