Entrepreneurs share secret to success with Woman's Day readers

Contact: Megan Humphrey

Campaign Manager

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2008

Entrepreneurs share secret to success with Woman’s Day readers:

"I got my start at the library."

Continuing a seven-year partnership with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage on behalf of libraries, four entrepreneurs share their stories of how they started businesses using the library with Woman’s Day magazine’s 4 million readers this month.

The article appears in the magazine’s March issue [pdf], now on stands. Featured are the co-owner of a Brooklyn-based children’s clothing business who participated in Brooklyn Public Library’s "Power Up!" business-plan writing contest, a library supporter who learned about self-publishing, a founder of a home organization business who turned to her library for business seminars, email and Internet access, and a financial advisor who found enthusiastic support from her local librarians.

"When you think of libraries, you think books and magazines, but there’s so much more. There’s almost nothing you can’t find—and no help you can’t get—at the library," Jessica Sequinot, the featured winner from Brooklyn, is quoted as saying in the article.

Also included in the article is a sidebar with tips on how to "jump-start your small business at the library," written by reference librarian Celia Ross, a member of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Business Reference and Services Section. RUSA is a division of ALA.

Woman’s Day announced the initiative last March, asking its readers to submit stories of how they used the library to start a business. This is the sixth 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 "why I want to research my family tree at the library."

Woman’s Day is a Founding Partner of The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s national public awareness campaign to promote the value of libraries and librarians. Other Founding Partners include Dollar General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, ALA’s highest level of corporate members, who support public awareness and advocacy for America’s libraries. For more information, visit www.ala.org/@yourlibrary.