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LOUISIANA YOUNG READERS’ CHOICE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 NOMINATED TITLES

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BATON ROUGE—(November 17, 2017)— Entering its 18th year, the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice (LYRC) Awards Program is excited to announce the 2018-2019 nominated title lists for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Every year tens of thousands of students from elementary to high school age vote on their favorite book from a list of titles curated by librarians serving on LYRC committees from across the state. Many students cast their ballot on real voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division. 
 
“The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Program encourages children and teens to read for pleasure and engage in literature,” Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser said. “Children who read tend to achieve more in school, instilling in them the value of the culture of literacy.”
 
The 2019 nominated title list includes award winning authors such as Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Jewell Parker Rhodes, Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander, and National Book Award Finalists for Young People's Literature Jason Reynolds and Nicola Yoon. Other outstanding authors on the lists include Joan Bauer, Marissa Meyer, James Patterson, Neal Shusterman, and Chris Grabenstein, as well as Louisiana award winning author, John Corey Whaley. From fiction to nonfiction, picture books to novels, science fiction to romance, historical to contemporary, these carefully chosen booklists cover a variety of interests and genres, so there is something for every reader. Please see below for a full list of nominated titles.
 
“I am so pleased that so many Louisiana schools and public libraries participate in the LYRC program every year. Exposing young people to diverse, quality, and engaging literature is at the forefront of our mission at the State Library. We hope these fantastic titles serve as a kind of gateway to a lifetime of reading for pleasure,” said State Librarian, Rebecca Hamilton. 
The Louisiana Readers’ Choice is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center for the Book, housed in the State Library of Louisiana. Its mission is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. According to a 2015 Kids Count report, only 63% of Louisiana’s fourth graders are reading above the basic level, and even fewer reading at a proficient level. Louisiana is third highest in the number of teens not in school and not high school graduates.  This is 50% higher than the national average.  The Louisiana Center for the Book and the State Library of Louisiana believe that fostering a lifelong love of reading among Louisianans will contribute to the state’s overall economic growth and quality of life.
For information about the program including previous winners, how to participate and additional resources such as free bookmarks, posters, study guides, etc., please visit www.state.lib.la.us. 
 
 
LYRC Grades 3-5 Nominated List
 
1. Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster) 
 
2. Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho (Pajama Press)
 
3. The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic) 
 
4. FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster) 
 
5. The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring – The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford (Simon and Schuster)
 
6. My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke (Dial)
 
7. Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez (Peachtree Publishers) 
 
8. Soar by Joan Bauer (Viking) 
 
9. Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman (Lee & Low Books)
 
10. Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated by Colin Bootman (Lee & Low Books) 
 
11. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown and Company)  
 
12. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers (Henry Holt & Co.)
 
13. The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya (Albert Whitman & Co.) 
 
14. Wish by Barbara O’Connor (Farrar, Straus &Giroux) 
 
15. Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (Little, Brown & Co.)
 
LYRC Grades 6-8 Nominated List
 
1. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White (Little, Brown) 
 
2. Booked by Kwame Alexander (Houghton) 
 
3. Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah (Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky)
 
4. Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger (Amulet) 
 
5. Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) 
 
6. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic) 
 
7. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers) 
 
8. Once Was a Time by Leila Sales (Chronicle Books) 
 
9. Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz (Scholastic) 
 
10. Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 
 
11. The Thing About Leftovers by C.C. Payne ( Nancy Paulsen Books) 
 
12. Top Prospect by Paul Volponi (Lerner Publishing Group)
 
Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominated List
 
1. Aging Out by Alton Carter (Roadrunner Press) 
 
2. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegen Books HarperCollins) 
 
3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer ( Feiwel & Friends)
 
4. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (Penguin) 
 
5. Riders (Book 1) by Veronica Rossi (Starscape/Tor) 
 
6. Scythe: Arc of a Scythe (Book 1) by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 
 
7. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Random House) 
 
8. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press) 
 
9. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston (Disney-Hyperion. IL: UG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 12.0 - AR Quiz No. 187852 
 
10. Three Dark Crowns (Book 1) by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen)

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES COOKING, CUISINE, AND MUSIC

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Local and International Sounds and Flavors to Be Featured at Annual Fall Festival
 
BATON ROUGE—(October 23, 2017)—The Louisiana Book Festival will feature chefs, cookbook authors, and music historians and scholars, musicians, and more on Saturday, October 28, during the free, daylong festival to be held throughout Capitol Park in Downtown Baton Rouge. 
 
MasterChef season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale, who was selected on the hit FOX show as the champion home cook by chefs Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, and New Orleans’ own Aaron Sanchez, will give a cooking demonstration featuring recipes from his debut cookbook, My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks. His appearance is made possible in part by Karl Breaux, who will give a cooking demonstration earlier in the day, featuring his famous Cajun recipes. Also featured in the Cooking Demonstration Tent will be dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond with her cookbook, Skinny Louisiana...in the Kitchen. The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist will be featured at a cooking demonstration  presented by Cynthia Lejeune Nobles and Melinda Winans, Fonville’s daughter-in-law.  Southern cuisine will be the main course in Wendy Atkins-Sayre’s discussion of her book Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South.
 
Musical highlights include an appearance by punk rock icon and cofounding member of Black Flag, Keith Morris, who will be discussing his memoir, My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor. Alyn Shipton, BBC radio producer and author, will be presenting two programs, the first with Gwen Thompkins, host of National Public Radio’s Music Inside Out, during which they will discuss their contributions to Danny Barker’s A Life in Jazz. Later in the afternoon, Shipton will discuss his definitive Harry Nilsson biography, Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. British writer and blues guitarist Julian C. Piper, who spent a year abroad at LSU studying and played blues at the Blues Box in Baton Rouge, will present his book Blues from the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge.  Jack Sullivan examines musicians’ perpetual renewal in New Orleans Remix, and “may we introduce to you” noted Beatles historian Bruce Spizer with The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fan’s Perspective, 50 Years On.
 
All cooking demonstrations, book discussions, and panel presentations will be followed by book signings in the Barnes and Noble book signing tent, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet featured presenters. 
 
The Louisiana Book Festival will also feature musical performances in a variety of genres ranging from funk to folk, blues to zydeco, on the Entertainment Stage from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including performances by DUBYA, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas, Henry Gray, MondayNightSocial, Beth Hazel, and The Bills. 
 
For a full list of presenters, programs, times, and locations, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org.  

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STATE LIBRARIAN OF LOUISIANA REBECCA HAMILTON TO RECEIVE LYNDA CARLBERG AWARD

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Hamilton Honored for her Outstanding Contribution to Libraries
 
BATON ROUGE—(October 17, 2017)— For her outstanding contribution to libraries, Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Lynda Carlberg Award, an honor established in 1998 in memory of Lynda Carlberg, director of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library system from 1978 to 1997.
 
Hamilton was appointed State Librarian in 2005 by then-Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. This appointment made her the fourth State Librarian in the agency’s 97-year history, and the youngest State Librarian in the United States. Hamilton has since been reappointed by Lt. Governors Jay Dardenne, and most recently Billy Nungesser, who she works with today serving Louisiana’s 4.7 million citizens, 340 public library branches, and 68 public library systems. 
 
“I am deeply proud of State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton’s work promoting literacy and love of reading, skills that in today’s knowledge-based economy are critical to Louisiana’s overall economic growth,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “Her commitment to public access to educational and cultural resources is second to none, and the State Library has thrived under her leadership. This award could not have been bestowed on a more deserving individual.” 
 
Under Hamilton’s direction, the State Library of Louisiana underwent a top to bottom reorganization, streamlining operations and identifying efficiencies. In her first full year in office, Hamilton doubled the amount of State Aid to Public Libraries—the largest increase in the history of the program and the first increase in twenty years. In the following years of her appointment, and with no additional resources at her disposal, Hamilton implemented a new interlibrary loan system, oversaw the addition of content to statewide databases, and secured a line item in the annual budget for public library training. 
 
Additionally, Hamilton directed the rebuilding of the State Library’s internal network and backup systems, and, as a result, the State Library never lost Internet connectivity during the storms of 2008, while all other offices in the state government were down. She also worked closely with SOLINET to obtain a $12 million grant to provide temporary library facilities and other support after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the coast of Louisiana and neighboring states. It was during this time that Hamilton worked tirelessly alongside her fellow State Librarians impacted by these storms to ensure that FEMA change their definition of essential services to include public libraries. As a result of the role of public libraries during a disaster, Hamilton has published widely and created university-level coursework on the roles of public libraries during disasters, as well as giving presentations across the United States reporting the best practices set in place by Louisiana Libraries after natural disaster events. 
 
Hamilton, a champion in the fight to bridge the digital divide in Louisiana, oversaw the submission which won the State Library an $8.8M grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) of the Department of Commerce in 2010. The grant provided the State Library the resources to deliver technology and soft skills classes to over 26,000 participants, purchase laptops for checkout in public libraries across the state, implement Homework Louisiana, and obtain accessibility equipment and software for every parish, among many other impactful accomplishments, all geared to promote workforce development and make a difference in the lives of Louisiana citizens. 
 
Hamilton was awarded the Anthony Benoit Mid-Career Award by the Louisiana Library Association in 2012; has been named an outstanding graduate of the LSU School of Library and Information Science; was awarded the LSU Community Partner Award in 2014; and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2007. 
 
She will be presented with the Lynda Carlberg Award today, Tuesday, October 17th, at the Libraries Southwest Author/Award Dinner. Libraries Southwest is a nonprofit corporation of libraries, librarians, trustees, and individuals interested in the promotion and enhancement of libraries and library services.

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BOOK FESTIVAL FOSTERS A LOVE OF READING, DELIVERS FUN FOR LOUISIANA’S YOUNGEST RESIDENTS

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BATON ROUGE—(October 11, 2017)—The Louisiana Book Festival, a free, family-friendly event to be held on Saturday, October 28th in Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park is excited to announce an awesome line-up of programming, activities, author readings, book signings, games, and crafts specifically designed for young people ranging in age from toddlers to late teens.   
 
“What better way to encourage a love of reading in our children than with a festival where kids have an opportunity to meet their favorite authors, participate in crafts and games connected to featured books, and maybe even take home a copy of a book that the author has personalized for them? We are so happy to be able to offer this fun and enriching book festival for Louisiana families from across the state to enjoy,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.
 
Highlights at this year’s festival include Newbery Medal and Margaret A. Edwards Award recipient Richard Peck with his latest middle grade novel, The Best Man; this year’s Louisiana Writer Award recipient, Mumbo Jumbo, Stay Out of the Gumbo author, Johnette Downing; 2008 Louisiana Writer Award recipient and Academy Award winning and #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author William Joyce, presenting a special reissue of his classic picture book, Santa Calls; G. Brian Karas, illustrator of the New York Times bestseller and 2017 Louisiana Young Readers choice winner, Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla; and Andrea Page’s Sioux Code Talkers of World War II, which has been nominated for the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Awards, among many other authors of children’s picture books and middle grade novels. There will also be a special appearance by the storybook characters Elephant and Piggie!
 
“The State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana Center for the Book are committed to promoting early childhood literacy and to nurturing a lifelong love of reading and literature in young Louisianans,” said State Librarian of Louisiana, Rebecca Hamilton. “Our annual fall book festival offers a wonderful opportunity to reach both book lovers and reluctant readers alike.” 
 
Teen HQ will feature a variety of young adult authors, panels, and activities including New York Times bestselling author and Louisiana native, Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars); 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Brendan Kiely with his new book, The Last True Love Story; Jesse Haynes, host of the iTunes top 50 podcast The Others; and 2019 Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice finalist and winner of the 2017 In the Margins Award for Nonfiction for his book Aging Out, Alton Carter. An Our #OwnVoices panel will feature Kiley, as well as Jasmine Warga (Here We Are Now), whose books have been translated into more than 20 languages, Caleb Roehrig, whose novel, Last Seen Leaving, was named a Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year, and Emmy Award winner and former puppet designer in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, Laurent Linn with his book, Draw the Line. 
 
Pre-festival activities include a WordShop by young adult author and 2019 Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice finalist, author Jeff Zentner. Zentner, whose WordShop, Writing with Voice, will take place on Friday, October 27th from 1-4 p.m., is the winner of the 2017 William C. Morris YA Debut Award for his book, The Serpent King, which was also named a best book of the year by more than 10 publications, including a New York Times Notable Book, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Southern Living Best Book of the Year, and a BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year. His latest novel, Goodbye Days, was called “masterful” by TeenVogue. Writers of various levels of experience are invited to take his and other WordShops offered. For full details and registration, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org/wordshops.html
 
For a full line-up and schedule of Louisiana Book Festival authors and presenters, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 25th LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST

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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana announces the 25th annual Letters About Literature contest, a Library of Congress national reading and writing competition for students in grades 4-12 and coordinated in state by the Louisiana Center. To enter, fourth through twelfth grade students write personal letters to authors, living or dead, explaining how the authors’ book, poem,  play, or speech changed the students’ views of the world or themselves.
 
Students may enter through their schools or local libraries, or on their own, in one of three competition levels: Level 1 for grades 4 – 6, Level 2 for grades 7 – 8, or Level 3 for grades 9 – 12.
 
The national Letters About Literature team selects finalists from each participating state for each competition level; then Louisiana winners are chosen by a panel of judges including teachers and librarians from throughout the state. Louisiana winners receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place and are honored at the Louisiana Book Festival. First place winning letters are submitted to the Library of Congress for the national competition with the chance of winning up to $1,000.
 
Each student’s letter attached entry coupon—available online for download—must be sent directly to the Library of Congress address on the entry coupon instructions by Jan. 12, 2018. The entry forms and information, as well as a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, may be downloaded at www.read.gov/letters.
 
The 2017-18 writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and by gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries, and other organizations.
 
In Louisiana, the contest is made possible by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana with the assistance of the Louisiana Writing Project and the Louisiana Library and Book Festival Foundation. Funding for prizes is provided by the Library of Congress grant.
 

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 14TH YEAR

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Lt. Governor and State Librarian Announce Festival Highlights  
 
BATON ROUGE—(September 18, 2017)—The annual free Louisiana Book Festival returns on Saturday, October 28th to Downtown Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park. Featuring more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, the 2017 festival includes the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling, book-related crafts, and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award-winning young adult authors and activities; live musical performances; cooking demos; scores of author and panel book talks and signings; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors.
 
“The Louisiana Book Festival, while one of the over 400 festivals we have every year, is one of our most popular,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “I look forward to the festival every year as it celebrates literary works of authors from around the state, nation, and world. I know of two authors coming from England and one from the Netherlands just to participate in our festival.”
 
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton kick off the festival with the presentation of the Louisiana Writer Award to children’s author Johnette Downing. Former Louisiana Writer award winners William Joyce, Tim Gautreaux, and Darrell Bourque will be in attendance, along with NYT bestselling Oprah-acclaimed author Wally Lamb; Newbery Medal and Margaret A. Edwards Award recipient Richard Peck; Baton Rouge’s own M.O. Walsh, in conversation with Big Fish author Daniel Wallace discussing his latest book; Crystal Wilkinson with her Ernest J. Gaines Award winning book; former Governor of Louisiana and presidential candidate, Buddy Roemer; public radio's Music Inside Out host Gwen Thompkins with BBC jazz radio presenter Alyn Shipton; and Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, just to name a few of the notable Louisiana, national, and international authors presenting this year. The festival will also feature MasterChef Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale, and punk rock icon and former frontman of Black Flag, Keith Morris.
 
Pre-festival events on Friday, October 27th include half-day WordShops, which offer opportunities for aspiring writers of all levels to work in an intimate setting with renowned Southern authors. This year, Mississippi's poet laureate Beth Ann Fennelly, William C. Morris Award winner Jeff Zentner, award-winning author Michael Farris Smith, and New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson are leading writing workshops; and Pulpwood Queen Kathy L. Murphy will be leading a workshop on book promotion. 
 
Tickets are available for the Authors Party, held Friday evening in the State Library, where attendees will enjoy drinks, Louisiana cuisine, live music, and the chance to mingle with the Louisiana Book Festival authors. Ticket sales serve as a donation to the Louisiana Library and Book Festival Foundation.
 
Local artist Keith Morris’s “Capitol Grocery,” a painting inspired by Baton Rouge’s beloved Spanish Town Market and depicting folks gathering for reading and conversation, has been chosen as the official artwork for the festival. The artwork will be used in Louisiana Book Festival promotional material, including the cover of the festival program, t-shirts, book bags, and posters, one of which will be signed by festival authors and participants and hung, along with the original painting, at the State Library of Louisiana. 
 
For more information on events, registering for WordShops, purchasing tickets for the Authors Party, or on volunteering for the festival, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELELBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

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BATON ROUGE—(September 13, 2017)—To celebrate its 70th year, the Louisiana Book Festival has chosen Tennessee Williams’s iconic Pulitzer Prize winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, as its official 2017 One Book, One Festival selection.  The play, which opened on December 3rd, 1947, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, is considered to be one of Williams’s greatest and has been in near continuous production over the past 70 years, enjoyed numerous revivals, and has been adapted to film, television, opera, and even ballet. 
 
“There is no better way to celebrate Louisiana and the upcoming tricentennial of New Orleans than with A Streetcar Named Desire,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “New Orleans and its culture is reflected in this wonderful play.” 
 
Inaugurated in 2008, the One Book, One Festival program invites attendees to read the same title in advance and later join the scholar-led discussion with others during the festival on Saturday, October 28th. This year’s discussion will be led by perennial festival favorite Gary Richards, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Linguistics & Communication at the University of Mary Washington and scholar of southern literature. He is the author of Lovers and Other Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 as well as numerous essays on southern fiction and drama.
 
This year’s festival will also include a program featuring WYES’s Peggy Scott Laborde, host of Steppin’ Out, in conversation with WWL-TV news anchor, Eric Paulsen. Eric, an award-winning journalist who has spent the last thirty years on WWL’s highly-rated morning and noon news programs, has the honor and distinction of having conducted the last broadcast interview with literary legend Tennessee Williams, an interview held on the second floor of what was then "Marti's" restaurant on the corner of Rampart Street in New Orleans. The program at the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival will include a screening of excerpts from that last interview. 
 
A nationally recognized literary event, the Louisiana Book Festival is free, open to the public, and takes place annually in the heart of Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets. The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival, held on Saturday, October 28th, will feature more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, including the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award winning young adult authors; live musical performances; cooking demos; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors. For more information, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org
 

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THE 2017 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NOW SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

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The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival Now Seeking Volunteers
 
BATON ROUGE—(September 5,  2017)—The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join in the celebration and experience the Festival from within.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including welcoming presenters, escorting authors, monitoring rooms in the State Capitol, manning festival information booths, and more. Those interested in volunteering can find more information about the Festival’s volunteer opportunities by visiting http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer.html and can sign up using our simple on-line form, found here: http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer_IWantToVolunteer2017.html
 
“Volunteers are essential to the Book Festival,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “Without these generous individuals, the State Library staff would be overwhelmed year after year because of the response the festival always receives. I am grateful for the volunteering spirit of Louisianans.”

Coordinators advise signing up early for the best chance of being placed in one’s first choice volunteer position. Please note that coordinators are happy to accommodate groups of friends and family who wish to volunteer together.

“The Louisiana Book Festival’s glowing national reputation is due in no small part to the passion, commitment, and generosity of the many dedicated volunteers needed to put on an event of this magnitude,” said Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana.
 
Festival volunteers who register by October 6th will receive a free 2017 Louisiana Book Fest t-shirt.
 
This nationally recognized literary event is free and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets. The 2017 Louisiana Book Festival will feature more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, including the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen Headquarters, featuring New York Times bestselling and award winning young adult authors; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitors, and performances.
 
See http://www.louisianabookfestival.org for complete details.Please call Alise Wascom at 225.342.4996 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with all volunteer questions and inquiries. 
 

 


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