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TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE 2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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The State Library of Louisiana is announcing the Louisiana winners of the Spark a Reaction Teen Video Challenge 2014 held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Teens Ian MacFadyen, John Warner Leblanc, Garrett Bueche, James Holland, Stewart MacFadyen, Sophie Salopek and Karl Welch, all representing the Lafayette Public Library, created the winning Louisiana video, Chain of Reactions, in which the main character experiences excitement after reading a good book and sparks a chain reaction inspiring those around him to read, too.

The annual, national competition aims to get teens involved with reading and their public libraries' summer reading programs. Winners are selected in the 26 participating states and are recognized as official Teen Video Challenge winners. Each winner receives $275 from the CSLP. The winning videos are used to promote summer reading programs in public libraries nationwide.

“By participating, teens are sending a clear message that public libraries are important to them,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said.

To view this year’s winning videos, visit www.cslpreads.org.For more information about Louisiana summer reading programs and the State Library visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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STATE LIBRARIAN HAMILTON RECEIVES COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD

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Rebecca Hamilton, state librarian, received LSU College of Human Sciences and Education’s School of Library and Information Science Community Partner Award. The award, introduced this year, recognizes partners for their collaboration and support through activities and projects that enhance the exchange, exploration and application of knowledge, information and resources.

Hamilton was nominated by SLIS for her collaborative spirit, inspiring leadership and strong advocacy on behalf of the college. “This is really a State Library award because without my staff we wouldn’t accomplish the things that we do,” Hamilton said. “They get out there and make things happen and have worked hard building partnerships and being advocates for all of our clients.”

“Established during its initial year of operation, the College of Human Sciences and Education Awards honors distinguished alumni, supporters, faculty and staff who drive the mission of CHSE through their gifts, talents and time,” Damon Andrew, CHSE dean, said.

Hamilton became state librarian in 2005.

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BOURQUE HONORED WITH LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD

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The State Library of Louisiana through its Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque as the recipient of the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award. The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s literary and intellectual life. 

Bourque’s poetry collections include Plainsongs, The Doors between Us, Burnt Water Suite, The Blue Boat,In Ordinary Light: New and Selected Poems andCall and Response: Conversations in Verse, a collaboration with poet Jack Bedell. His latest book is Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie.  If you abandon me—comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook is forthcoming from Yellow Flag Press.

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton will present Bourque with the 15th Louisiana Writer Award Nov. 1, in a ceremony at the beginning of the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival. Bourque will also discuss his work and writing career.

Bourque, first Board of Regents/Friends of the Humanities Honor Professor and
professor emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is a strong supporter of the literary arts, continually giving his time and talents to showcase poetry while teaching and encouraging younger poets. He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2007 through 2008 and 2009 through 2011 and lives in rural St. Landry Parish with his wife, Karen, who is a glass artist.

Join us at the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival as we recognize the Louisiana Writer Award recipient and celebrate Louisiana’s rich literary heritage. For more information about the festival, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org.

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2014 LOUISIANA READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

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altThe 2014 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award winners are in, with students in grades nine through 12 selecting Divergent by Veronica Roth for this year’s Teen Readers’ Choice Award. The State Library of Louisiana hosts the Louisiana Reader’s Choice Awards, a program that strives to foster a love of reading in young Louisianians. Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Busby John Granditswasthe top choice among third through fifth graders, while Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evansreceived the most votes among middle school students.

More than 20,000 students throughout the state voted for the 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. Some students cast their votes using voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.

“Children who read tend to achieve more in school and learn the value of literacy as a result,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program encourages reading by motivating students to participate in the recognition of outstanding books.”

For information about the program, previous winners, this year’s second place finishers or the list of books nominated for next year’s awards, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES POETRY MONTH PROGRAM LINEUP

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altIn celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is announcing the fourth annual “Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets” program. Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana poet laureate, will host the event Thursday, April 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. Fourth St.

Haymon has invited poets from around the state to participate in readings of their work. Included are Carolyn Hembree, Carlos Colon, Donney Rose, Justin Lamb, Lara Glenum, David Havird, Jay Udall, Mona Lisa Saloy, Darrell Bourque, Kirby Jambon, Dorie LaRueand Lenore Weiss.

“The breadth and scope of poetic talent in Louisiana is apparent just by looking at this line-up of accomplished poets from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Church Point, Shreveport, Monroe, Thibodaux and New Orleans whose work ranges from the traditional to the increasingly popular performance poetry,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “This year’s program promises to be another highly entertaining presentation by Louisiana’s diversified voices.”

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

For more information including biographies of the participating poets, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2014 TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

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The State Library of Louisiana will again participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public libraries’ summer reading programs.

Teenagers may enter the competition by creating a public service announcement that encourages teens to read and visit libraries during the summer using the theme “Spark a Reaction.” The deadline for video submission is March 10.

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2014 and used by public libraries nationally to promote summer reading. The creators of the winning state video will be awarded $275 and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from the CSLP and Upstart.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of 48 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Cayman Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia that provides children, teens and families with a summer reading program. It also supplies public libraries with promotional materials.

To view the 2013 videos and additional information, visit www.cslpreads.org. Rules and details for the challenge can be found on the State Library’s website, www.state.lib.la.us. Click Literacy and Reading, then Summer Reading Program and scroll to Teen Video Challenge. The winning videos may be used by teens and public libraries to promote summer reading nationwide.
 

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January 15, 2014

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STATE LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting author Kim Marie Vaz for a discussion of The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. The presentation will take place at noon on Feb. 6 at the State Library Seminar Center.

Vaz’s book is a history of the Million Dollar Baby Dolls, one of the first women’s organizations to participate in Mardi Gras, and its post-Hurricane Katrina comeback. The ‘Baby Dolls’ traces the tradition as it spread to different New Orleans neighborhoods and empowered women.

The book uncovers the fascinating history of the women who wore baby doll costumes—short satin dresses, bonnets and stockings with garters—and their bold behavior during their journeys into the predominantly male Mardi Gras celebration.

Vaz will share photographs from different time periods to highlight how the practice changed over time. The photos, along with short video clips, bring to life the spirit of fun and play that constitute the practice of masking.

The ‘Baby Dolls’ served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at The Presbytere as part of the permanent Carnival exhibit.

Vaz is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and education professor at Xavier University. Her research focuses on art as a response to social trauma.

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

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January 6, 2014

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THE HOUSE ON COLISEUM STREET FEATURED AS BOOK FESTIVAL COMMUNITY READ

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THE HOUSE ON COLISEUM STREET FEATURED AS BOOK FESTIVAL COMMUNITY READ
The Louisiana Book Festival’s community reading program, One Book, One Festival, is featuring The House on Coliseum Street by Shirley Ann Grau in 2013. This annual event encourages all festivalgoers to read the same book and participate in a discussion.
This year’s discussion will be led by Southern literature scholar Gary Richards, who chairs the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington.
In a separate festival event, Grau will be interviewed by author and blogger Wendy Rodrigue, exploring early novels such as The Hard Blue Sky (1958) and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Keepers of the House (1965) as well as later publications, including her Selected Stories (2003).
The House on Coliseum Street is the story of 20-year-old Joan Mitchell, who has lived her entire life in a stately New Orleans house on Coliseum Street. At home her mother and half-sister have steadily undermined her self-regard. An affair unleashes a surreal sequence of events—pregnancy, abortion and withdrawal into a numbed existence.
An intricate psychological novel that captures the pain and rage born of identity and suppressed desires, The House on Coliseum Street transcends period and place even as it evokes New Orleans in the late 1950s.

Grau was born in New Orleans. She received the Louisiana Writer Award in 2004.
The Louisiana Book Festival is Nov. 2 in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.
                                                                                                                                    

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Sept. 25, 2013

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