Woman’s Day initiative on how library use saves money featured on ALA’s public Web site

Contact: Megan Humphrey

Campaign Manager




For Immediate Release

February 9, 2009

Chicago - Through a partnership with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, Woman’s Day magazine is seeking stories on how using the library saves money.Â
Details of the initiative are now featured on ALA’s public Web site, ilovelibraries.org

Along with contest details, the page links visitors to the library value calculator on ilovelibraries.org, as well as recent news coverage about the role libraries play in tough economic times.

This latest initiative continues an eight-year partnership between the magazine and ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage on behalf of libraries. Since 2002, Woman’s Day has asked its readers to write in about “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.”  Â

Up to four stories collected from the Woman’s Day initiative will be profiled in its March 2010 issue. Women ages 18 and up can submit stories in 700 words or less to
womansday@ala.org from now through May 18.Â

Librarians can download free tools to help collect local stories from the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site (
www.ala.org/@yourlibrary). Click on “Woman’s Day.” Tools include a sample press release, newsletter copy and a Web button.

The Woman’s Day March 2009 article features four readers who used the library to improve their health and wellness. 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. Add link to article on website

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.Â