FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/23/07) Adopt A Library - Getting books to people who need them
Featured in
Town & Country

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia --, the smash hit literacy advocacy website, was featured in the April 2007 edition “Special Green Issue” of Town & Country, a monthly magazine from The Hearst Corporation. was also honored in April when April 23rd was named “Adopt A Library Day” by proclamation of the governors of Virginia and Nebraska. is designed to encourage and facilitate donations to libraries in prisons, Native American reservations, and schools around the world. does not ask for or accept donations - all donations go directly to libraries and schools or organizations which aid them.

The Town & Country special section dedicated to ecological issues, written by Francine Maroukian, is called “Going, Going, GREEN”.

Town & Country (circulation 464,415) is described by The Hearst Corporation as “America’s premier lifestyle magazine for the affluent.” It was founded by author and essayist Nathaniel Parker Willis and New York Evening Mirror newspaper editor George Pope Morris, and shares its name with the Town & Country Magazine, a British monthly magazine, founded 1769, then known for its regular publishings of scandals centered in London.

Town & Country is the oldest continually published general interest magazine in the United States. The first issue was published in 1846. From February to November 1846, the magazine was entitled The National Press. From November 1846 until 1901, the name of the magazine was changed to The Home Journal. After 1901, the magazine title became Town & Country and it has retained that name ever since.

Besides Town & Country, Woman's World, and Quick & Simple magazine, hundreds of newspapers throughout the US, from an editorial in Bigfork, Montana to "Hints from Heloise", have featured, which has had over 250,000 visitors who have donated many thousands of books (and not a few dollars!). is the brainchild of musician Lynn Gaubatz, considered to be one of classical music's most brilliant soloists. Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Lynn has wowed audiences on four continents – North and South America, Europe and Africa – including virtuoso solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, and Washington.

Says Lynn, "This Town & Country feature is really exciting, especially coinciding with the first "Adopt A Library Day! Each time is mentioned in the press, thousands and thousands of books are donated to schools and libraries by generous visitors. And there is SUCH a variety of donors - from environmentalists recycling their books to new hands to parents teaching their children to reach out and help other kids for the first time."

Besides her international career as a soloist and chamber musician, Lynn is an avid literacy activist who performs benefit concerts in the US and Europe. On her three benefit "Concerts for India" in Austria, Lynn performed the world premières of two of the five works composed especially for her by composer Fritz Berens, an Austrian composer who fled the Nazis in 1939, and the world première of a work by Danish composer Ivar Danielsen.

An innovator in both music and literacy activism, Lynn recently ran a competition through to find the most clever and eco-friendly uses for old National Geographic magazines, with the prize awarded by the National Geographic Society.

She also researches, performs, and lectures on music banned and destroyed during the Nazi regime to bring to light the forgotten music, and credits libraries with preserving much of the music and literature that would otherwise be lost.

Lynn's performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and several of her solo recitals from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC have been broadcast worldwide via the Internet. She's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lectures Art of the Virtuoso and The Concert Experience.

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria for several years, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Vienna, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Madison, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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