Tell Woman's Day How the Library Helped You in Tough Financial Times

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These days, everyone is looking to save money.  If the library is part of your personal financial recovery plan, Woman’s Day magazine wants to hear about it.  From now until May 18, women aged 18 and up are invited to send in a story about how they have used the library helped them out of a tight financial crunch.  Email your story in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org.  Woman’s Day will select up to four stories to be featured in the March 2010 issue of the magazine.  For official rules and additional details, visit the Woman’s Day Web site.

The magazine announced the call for entries in its March issue, alongside stories of how women have used the library to improve their health.  Read the article. (PDF)

With access to free programs, books, games, magazines, audio books, and more, you’re bound to save a bundle at your library.  Have you ever added up how much you can save?  Use this calculator from I Love Libraries to give you an idea. 

See news coverage of how people are turning to libraries during this tough financial climate:

In Recession, Libraries Are Booming - CBS Evening News
In a town used to lining up for celebrities, these days the long lines in Los Angeles are forming outside an unlikely place: the public library. CBS News correspondent Sandra Hughes has the story.

Clark explores library deals - CNN
Clark Howard heads to the library to show you how many resources are there for cheap!

Good Times At The Library - CBS Evening News
In the face of rising gas and food prices, many financially strapped American families are turning to the library this summer for a fun and free alternative to heavy spending.  Bill Whitaker reports.

Libraries Shine In Tough Economic Times - NPR
With the economy slowing, many Americans are doing research in the public library. Boyd County, Ky., Library Director Debbie Cosper says public-use computers are always full and people are checking out books rather than buying them.

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