The following press release has been received from the Huntley AAUW:
AAUW branch marks Women’s History Month with rare book donation
to Huntley Area Public Library
Presentation of limited-edition Eleanor Roosevelt family memoir
planned for Wednesday, March 17
HUNTLEY, IL – The AAUW Huntley Area Branch will celebrate Women’s History Month by donating a copy of a rare Eleanor Roosevelt memoir to the permanent collection of the Huntley Area Public Library. Written by Eleanor Roosevelt II, “With Love, Aunt Eleanor: Stories from my Life with the First Lady of the World” offers an intimate picture of one of America’s most beloved – and most controversial – first ladies. Combining photographs and memorabilia from her own family albums, Eleanor T. Wotkyns, Mrs. Roosevelt’s niece and namesake, tells personal stories of her own experiences with her famous aunt, before and after the White House years.
The scrapbook-style memoir contains over 100 original photos and family artifacts that have never been reproduced anywhere else. The book was published in 2004 by Wotkyn’s son, Lauren Elliott, a award-winning publisher and educational software designer, who also developed Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego series.
In October, 2009, Elliott donated a few copies of “With Love, Aunt Eleanor” to the AAUW Huntley Area Branch to support their “Evening with Eleanor” 125th Birthday Celebration, honoring the former first lady. Proceeds from that fundraising event were used to benefit AAUW’s local programs and their Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation Fund.
On Wednesday, March 17, the local group will present a limited-edition copy of “With Love, Aunt Eleanor” to Patrick McDonald, director of the Huntley Area Public Library, for use in the library’s permanent collection. Branch members and library officials will gather for a special presentation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. inside the library at 11000 Ruth Road in Huntley, shortly before the regularly scheduled meeting of the library’s board of directors. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and view photo displays of Mrs. Roosevelt and her public life.
“There has never another First Lady quite like Eleanor Roosevelt, before or since,” said Diane Ayers, branch communications officer. “We hope this book will help people learn more about her remarkable life.” Starting this year, the AAUW Huntley Area Branch plans to donate another book each March to build an AAUW Women’s History collection at the local library.
Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. The organization has a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,000 local branches, and 500 college and university institution partners.
To learn more about Huntley Area AAUW membership, programs and activities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Diane Ayers, branch communications officer, at (847) 669-0848.