In advance of next week’s ALA convention, Chelsea Green went live today with an online gift registry at 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.

—Judith Rosen