I was talking to a librarian friend recently and asking her how to encourage libraries to buy books about ME/CFS or related to ME/CFS. It made me think of an idea which might be suitable for around May 12th, which is International ME/CFS Day. Recently, there have been a number of books published in the US about ME/CFS or by people with ME/CFS. There have also been a couple in the past. Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head - pls. add if you know more. Consider also asking your library to stock e-books as well as a paper copy; e-books are downloadable from libraries to any computer and are especially useful for those who are homebound. - Dorothy Wall -- Encounters with the Invisible - Lauren Hillenbrand -- Seabiscuit and Unbroken -- the latter getting a lot of press now - Elizabeth Tova Bailey -- The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating -- also new and is on several top 100 lists this year: http://www.elisabethtovabailey.net/events.htm - Toni Bernhard -- How to Be Sick: A Buddhist Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers -- published this year - Floyd Skloot -- don't remember title (sorry) - A UK book written by a young woman with ME (someone help me with the title!) Aside from asking your local library to stock these books, consider: - asking them to host a display of these books around May 12, along with some flyers about ME/CFS and info about local support groups (if any in your area) - asking any reading groups they host to take up one of their books to read/ discuss Library usage in the US is at an all-time high due to the recession -- people go there to jobsearch, look for free entertainment materials, pick up their kids after school, etc. -- so I think they are a good way to get exposure. Also, libraries are suppose to reflect the needs of their communities and usually welcome suggestions.