The ALA Public Information Office worked with the Today Show on this segment and has followed up to encourage NBC affiliates to take up the story locally. But you can help extend the reach of this positive story in several ways:
2) Reach out to your local media this week with your local story (particularly NBC affiliates), complemented by national data from the ALA. Two key data points from the Today Show were: 73% of public libraries report they provide the only free access to the Internet in their communities. This rises to 83 percent for rural libraries: http://tinyurl.com/mupmzd and www.ala.org/plinternetfunding . Also, 68 percent of Americans have a library card: http://tinyurl.com/9ewpcc.
3) Take advantage of free ALA resources to help tell your story to media, elected officials and funders.
And here's some more information of interest:
Job-Seeking in U.S. Public Libraries Using data from the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, the issues brief discusses the range of library resources available to job seekers and the challenges to maintaining these services. Additional briefing reports are at the following link. Get a free copy of the PDF by emailing Larra Clark at email@example.com.
As you know from Virginia's post, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez hits shelves today. The media firestorm is already intense, with features in the AP, Sports Illustrated, an appearance on the Today Show, and lots of local coverage. In A-Rod, Roberts goes beyond the sensational headlines, probing A-Rod's childhood to reveal a man torn by obligation to his family and the pull of his insatiable hedonism. It's a must-read, quite simply put. New York Magazine writes: "This is not a book of conjecture: It’s one of hard, bootstrap journalism...The sports-biography landscape is littered with halfhearted, quickie, SCANDALOUS, sloppy books with no depth, research, or legwork behind them. This is definitely not one of those." See for yourself: browse inside the book, or check out the New York Magazine story, the AP article, Selena's interview with Bob Costas, and her interview on The Today Show.
Not surprisingly, the sparks are flying over our new book, A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez which goes on sale Monday, May 4th. Selena Roberts, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated pulls back the locker room door and gives the reader a bird’s eye view of one of baseball’s most talented-and tragically flawed-athletes. The author will talk about her book on NBC’s Today Show on Monday, May 4th. She will also give a 30 minute interview to Bob Costas for the MLB Network on May 3rd. Take me out to the ballgame…
Be sure to check out The Today Show this Friday, April 17th during the 8am hour. Karen Siff Exkorn, author of The Austism Sourcebook will discuss her book. Karen’s son Jake has fully recovered from autism. While only a small percentage of children recover from autism, research is being done by Dr. Deborah Fein and her team at the University of Connecticut in the hopes that more children will recover in the future.