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LOUISIANA POETS GATHER FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH EVENT AT STATE LIBRARY

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Public invited to attend annual program hosted by Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell

 

BATON ROUGE—In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the eighth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets program. Jack Bedell, Louisiana Poet Laureate, will host the event on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Seminar Center of the State Library, 701 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge.

Bedell has invited ten poets from across the state to participate in readings of their work. Participating poets include Malaika Favorite, Amy Fleury, Ashley Havird, David Havird, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Mona Lisa Saloy, John Warner Smith, and Andy Young, as well as previous Louisiana poet laureates Darrell Bourque and Julie Kane.

“Poetry is an important part of Louisiana history,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “I know Jack and Rebecca will host another great event to highlight all the talent we have here.”

“Louisiana is rich in literary talent and Poet Laureate Jack Bedell has assembled a diverse and accomplished cohort of Louisiana poets for this much loved yearly event,” said Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian. “Whether you’re a long time poetry reader, or curious about exploring more in the genre, this program is sure to entertain and inspire.”

“I'm very proud to be a part of this year's Just Listen to Yourself program,” said Jack Bedell.  “The line-up of readers features poets from all four corners of our state, and I couldn't be more excited to share the stage with these talented artists. I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than listening to poems by these powerful, necessary Louisiana writers.”

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

 

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2017-2018 LOUISIANA READERS’ CHOICE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Louisiana school children in grades 3-12 name their favorite books of the year!
 
BATON ROUGE—The State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the results of the 2017-2018 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Awards, which include a chapter book following the adventures of two hilarious pranksters, a graphic novel exploring the awkward middle school years, and a Young Adult fantasy/dystopia featuring a powerful queen. With the program in its 19th year, Louisiana’s young people read more than 73,597 books and cast 24,749 votes, allowing their voices to be heard. 
 
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Grades 3-5 Winner:
The Terrible Two (Abrams)
by Mac Barnett & Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
 
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Grades 6-8 Winner:
Awkward (Yen Press)
by Svetlana Chmakova
 
Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Grades 9-12 Winner:
Red Queen (HarperTeen)
by Victoria Aveyard
 
Honor titles include Ellie’s Story (Starscape) by W. Bruce Cameron for the grade 3-5 list, Backlash (Scholastic) by Sarah Darer Littman for the grade 6-8 list, and All American Boys (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for the teen list. Winners are selected from diverse booklists carefully chosen by committees of school and public librarians from across the state, and many students cast their ballots on voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.
 
“The Louisiana Readers’ Choice Program introduces Louisiana students to the kind of books that inspire a lifelong love of reading,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “And as an added bonus, the opportunity to use real voting machines helps encourage an interest in democracy among our young citizens. The program invests in the future of our state in the best possible way.” 
 
“It’s wonderful to see so many Louisiana schools and libraries participating in this program,” said Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana. “High literacy rates contribute to everything from economic growth, to reduction in crime, increased civic engagement, and can even improve community health. On an individual level, reading is not only a pleasure, but can increase self-esteem and confidence, and can set students up for success years down the line.” 
 
An awards ceremony for honored book authors will be held at the Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, November 10th.  For more 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.

 


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MS. LOUISIANA UNIVERSAL SHARES MOTIVATIONAL LECTURE AT STATE LIBRARY

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The Louisiana Center for the Book presents Havilah Malone in celebration of Black History Month
 
BATON ROUGE (January 30, 2018) — Celebrating Black History Month and the achievements and wisdom from members of the African American community, the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana welcomes author, speaker, and reigning Ms. Louisiana Universal, Havilah Malone, who will present her motivational seminar, “Take The Leap: Turning Pain Into Purpose," on Wednesday, February 21 at noon in the State Library’s Seminar Center, 701 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge.  
During the interactive presentation, attendees will learn tools and strategies to make the most of their new year and will discover:
  - The price of perfection that leads to one of the top five regrets in the world
  - How limiting beliefs and unconscious pain manifests in our lives, and
  - Five steps to win in life and how to overcome whatever is blocking your success.
 
Ms. Malone is the co-author of The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill: 17 Short Stories Based on the Principles of Success by Think and Grow Rich Author Napoleon Hill and author of How to Become a Publicity Magnet in Any Market via TV, Radio & Print and the soon to be released book series Xena’s Tales: 21 Pillars of Self-Mastery & Success. An inspirational African American leader from Louisiana, she has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, the Huffington Post, and more. Malone recently guest starred on CBS’s hit TV show NCIS: New Orleans.
 
The presentation is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Registration is not required. Books will be available for purchase from the author.
 
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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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