For immediate release | June 21, 2011

American Libraries offers free copies of "Reading with the Stars"

CHICAGO - American Libraries is giving away free copies of “Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries,” a new book published by Skyhorse Publishing and ALA Editions. To get your copy, be one of the first 20 ALA Annual Conference attendees to stop by the American Libraries booth from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 27, to meet the book's editor, Leonard Kniffel.

"Reading with the Stars" is a compelling collection of interviews with prominent people— all of whom have special connections to libraries. Figures ranging from President Barack Obama to entertainer Julie Andrews, from basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as many others, including stars of literature, politics, entertainment and the public arena talk about the ways libraries have been critical in their lives.

"Oprah Winfrey says getting her library card was like American citizenship, and testimonials like hers in these tough economic times can help us convince any lingering doubters that libraries are vital to the nation's cultural and economic well being," says Kniffel, who is available to talk about the book and public awareness @ your library. Who knows, he might even bring along a special guest. For more information, contact him at 312-280-4215.


Leonard Kniffel