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Announcement: Landmark Gift Registry Program for Libraries!

Times are tough, and chances are your local public library has been feeling the pain.

Look, they were there for you in high school when you were broke and looking for the entire Michael Crichton backlist. They were there when you needed to get your hands on the latest Sue Grafton (but you kind of didn’t want it on your bookshelf). And do I even need to mention Harry Potter? Well, now’s your chance to give a little back.

In a first for book publishers, Chelsea Green is offering librarians a “Wish List” donation registry, allowing friends and patrons to donate new books to their library at a 40% discount with FREE shipping! All types of libraries are eligible to participate, including public, school, academic, and special libraries. And as a Thank You gift, when you order a book for your favorite library, we’ll even ship your personal book order for free. It’s a Win-Win.

If you’re a library and you’d like to apply now, click here.

From Publishers Weekly:

Chelsea Green Sets Up Wish List for Librarians

By Judith Rosen — Publishers Weekly, 6/29/2009 7:15:00 AM

In advance of next week’s ALA convention, Chelsea Green went live today with an online gift registry at chelseagreen.com/company/libreg to enable libraries to let their patrons know which titles from the White River Junction, Vt.-based press it would like. Library patrons can go online and view the Web-based wish lists and then order a title from Chelsea Green, known for its green and sustainable living titles and political books, that they can contribute to a library’s collection. In addition, any registered member of the Chelsea Green online community will be notified if their local library sets up a list. Books purchased for libraries are available at a 40% discount off the suggested retail price, free freight. As a thank-you gift, Chelsea Green will also ship personal orders placed with a library purchase free freight.

Under the Chelsea Green Library Gift Registry program, librarians can choose from the more than 350 titles on the company’s backlist. To encourage librarians to sign up, Chelsea Green will enter everyone who signs up between July 9 and 15 (either at ALA or online from their hometowns) in a raffle to win $500 worth of Chelsea Green titles.“Libraries have been struggling in these challenging times, and this is one way we can help them stay competitive and current,” commented Chelsea Green sales director Peg O’Donnell.

Update: Here’s the full press release:

CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING ESTABLISHES
LANDMARK GIFT REGISTRY PROGRAM FOR LIBRARIES

For the first time ever, a book publisher is offering librarians a “Wish List” gift registry, allowing patrons to select new books and buy them at a discount to send to their local library. All types of libraries are eligible to participate, including public, school, academic, and special libraries.

Librarians across the country can choose from more than 350 titles on the Chelsea Green list. They will then direct their patrons to the Chelsea Green website (www.Chelseagreen.com), where customers can purchase the registered titles at 40% off the retail price. The books are then shipped for freight-free to the designated library (the patron will also receive free freight on their own personal order as a thank you for buying the library books). Similarly, any registered members of the Chelsea Green community when browsing for books on the website will be will be notified that their local library has a wish list and will be encouraged to buy Chelsea Green books and to donate them to the library.

This landmark program permits libraries to add to their collections outside traditional budgets. It also permits the library to interact with local community members and solicit support outside the usual fundraisers and used book sales.

In the past year, Chelsea Green has established itself as a publishing industry leader in the world of social media. Their stated goal with these innovative online tools is to build a real-world green-living, eco-conscious community that is centered on the expert knowledge in their books. This new library registry program takes Chelsea Green another step forward from social media users to social media innovators.

“Libraries have been struggling in these challenging times, and this is one way we can help them stay competitive and current, especially with sustainability and green living titles,” said Chelsea Green Sales Director Peg O’Donnell.

“The Chelsea Green gift registry for librarians is as good as a free purchase order,” said Charleston South Carolina school librarian Fran Hawk (who also writes a book column for the Charleston Post & Courier). “Just like Yogi Berra once said, ‘cash is as good as money.’ ”

The Library Gift Registry from Chelsea Green will be unveiled July 11-14 at the annual convention of the American Library Association in Chicago. Librarians who sign up for the program (even online from their hometowns) between July 9 and July 15 will qualify for a raffle of $500 worth of Chelsea Green titles. Chelsea Green’s ALA booth is #2051.

This first-of-its-kind program enhances the publisher’s commitment to the nation’s libraries, where patronage is increasing in spite of funding cutbacks.

About the Publisher: For 25 years Chelsea Green Publishing Company has been dedicated to the politics and practice of sustainable living. We seek to inspire present and future generations to reduce their ecological impact and to participate in the restoration of local communities, bioregional ecosystems, and a diversity of cultures. Our books are printed on recycled paper and use non-toxic, soy-based inks. For more information, go to http://www.chelseagreen.com/.

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