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2013 LOUISIANA READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

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More than 20,000 students throughout the state voted to choose the winners of the 2013 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas wasthe top choice among third through fifth graders while Smile by Raina Telgemeier received the most votes among middle school students. The Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award for students in grades nine through 12 goes to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

Voting day is an exciting time in many schools and libraries throughout Louisiana as some students cast their votes using voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.

The Young Readers’ Choice program is an important element of one of the core missions of the State Library of Louisiana—to foster a love of reading in Louisianans.

“The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program encourages children to be readers,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “Children who read tend to achieve more in school, instilling in them the value of the culture of literacy.”

For information about the program including previous winners, this year’s second place finishers and the list of books nominated for next year’s awards, visit www.state.lib.la.us and click on Literacy and Reading, then on Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award.

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STATE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

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“Underground”is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2013 Summer Reading Program. Children, teen and adult programs each have a different slogan. The children’s slogan is “Dig into Reading”; the teen slogan is “Beneath the Surface” and the adult slogan is “Groundbreaking Reads.”

The Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities to draw families into libraries such as art projects, creative writing, sports and gaming. These activities encourage students to continue to read throughout the summer and cultivate a love of reading in Louisiana’s next generation. Families are encouraged to check with their local public library to learn about specific incentives and programs available in their communities.

In 2012, 93,000 people participated in the Summer Reading Program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,250 free programs with more than 278,000 patrons in attendance.  Studies show that youths who read during the summer return to school in the fall at or above their spring reading levels.

The Summer Reading Program is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. Those registered with the State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library may also participate. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other State Library programs, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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STATE LIBRARY CELEBRATES POETRY MONTH WITH POET LAUREATE EVENT

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STATE LIBRARY CELEBRATES POETRY MONTH WITH POET LAUREATE EVENT

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the State Library of Louisiana is announcing the third annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets. Julie Kane, Louisiana’s poet laureate, will host the event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the State Library Seminar Center.

Poets from throughout the state will participate with Kane in readings of their works. Included poets are Nordette Adams, Jack B. Bedell, Darrell Bourque, Gina Ferrara, Charles Garrett, Christopher Hannan, Ava Leavell Haymon, Elizabeth King, Laura Mullen, Melinda Palacio and Jennifer Reeser.

“Louisiana has a rich poetic history that embodies the uniqueness of our culture,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “The State Library’s poetry month program provides this opportunity for our state’s talented poets to present their works.”

Just Listen to Yourself is free and attendees are invited to bring their lunch. For more information including biographies of the participating poets, visit www.state.lib.la.us.


Short Bios: “Just Listen to Yourself” 2013

Nordette Adamsgrew up in New Orleans, having her first poem published in the Times Picayune before she was six years old. She's lived in other places, but New Orleans was always on her mind. Since she returned in 2007, she's been writing a series of poems about the city. She is a contributing editor to BlogHer.com.

Born and raised in Houma, Louisiana, Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press.  His latest collection is Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems, from Texas Review Press.

A past Louisiana Poet Laureate, Darrell Bourque is professor emeritus in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His newest poetry collection is Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie. He lives in a bamboo grove in rural St. Landry Parish with his wife Karen, a glass artist.

Gina Ferrara is a New Orleans native who lives near Bayou St. John. Her poems have appeared in journals including Callaloo, The Southern Poetry Anthology/Louisiana, and Poetry Ireland Review. Her second book, Amber Porch Light, will be forthcoming in September from WordTech Communications.

Charles Garrett lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and works as a substitute teacher. He is also a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) practitioner. During a Night of Champions event at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette this past February, he knocked out his opponent in three rounds.

Christopher Hannan is a New Orleans attorney. First prize winner in the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Competition, he has published poems in The Classical Outlook, The Texas Review, The Connecticut Review, The New Orleans Review, and LouisianaCultural Vistas.

Ava Leavell Haymon teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge and directs a retreat center for writers and artists in New Mexico. She has published five chapbooks and three books, with a fourth one due out from LSU Press this fall. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and The Sun.

Julie Kane was the Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013. Her two most recent poetry collections are Jazz Funeral, which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and Rhythm & Booze, a National Poetry Series winner and Poets’ Prize finalist. She teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches

Elizabeth King is 21 years of age. Born and raised in New Orleans, she is a junior psychology major at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She is the current President of Brainy Acts Poetry Society at NSU, and she won first prize in the 2013 Argus literary magazinestudent poetry contest.

Laura Mullen lives on the parade route in Spanish Town in Baton Rouge. She is the McElveen Professor in English at LSU and the author of seven books. Her work is included in the new edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry.

A native of South Central Los Angeles, Melinda Palacio married a Louisiana native and now divides her time between New Orleans and Santa Barbara, California. Her publications include the novel Ocotillo Dreams, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Award for Excellence in Literature, and the poetry collection How Fire Is a Story, Waiting.

Jennifer Reeser was born and raised in Lake Charles, her current home, where she attended McNeese State University. She has published poems and translations in journals including Poetry, The Hudson Review, and The National Review. Her most recent poetry book is Sonnets from the Dark Lady and Other Poems.



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STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 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 library’s summer reading program.

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 “Beneath the Surface.”

“This is a fun competition that encourages teenagers to be creative and get excited about reading,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “Participating teens send a clear message that public libraries are important to them.”

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2013 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.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of 49 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.

Rules and details for the teen video 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.

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RODRIGUE PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY AT STATE LIBRARY

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The State Library of Louisiana is hosting a new exhibit featuring portraits by George Rodrigue. The exhibit, Walker Percy, Sylvester Stallone and the Blue Dog features 10 Rodrigue paintings, one of which features his famous Blue Dog. The exhibit will be displayed at the library from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. During the Louisiana Book Festival on Oct. 27, Rodrigue will host a forum about the exhibit from noon until 12:30 p.m.

Nine of the portraits are part of a series Rodrigue painted during the 1980s of guest lecturers who took part in the Flora Levy Lecture Series at the then-University of Southwest Louisiana, now ULL. The portraits include authors Walter Percy and Shirley Ann Grau and artistic allusions to John Kennedy Toole and Robert Penn Warren.

The tenth portrait, , Rodrigue’s 6-foot tall painting featuring Sylvester Stallone as his famed character Rocky with the Blue Dog, is being exhibited for the first time.

“The early portraits represent classic literature, developing into pop culture through phenomena like The Moviegoer, All the King’s Men and A Confederacy of Dunces,” Rodrigue said. “Stallone’s contribution is a continuation of this tradition, combining a strong, iconic character with the medium of film.”

Rodrigue began painting as a boy growing up in New Iberia. In addition to the Blue Dog series, he has painted oak trees, Cajuns, hurricanes, Louisiana governors and U.S. presidents.

For more information on the Louisiana Book Festival, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org.

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL TO OFFER PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG READERS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is offering several programs geared toward young readers at its ninth celebration of readers and writers. Youth appropriate activities, book talks, ceremonies, readings, storytelling, film screenings and discussions will take place throughout the day.

The Festival will feature a children’s activity tent with crafts and face painting all day as well as the Brain Quest tent that will challenge children’s brains and bodies. There they will jump rope and play with beach balls and hula hoops all while answering Brain Quest questions to prove it is fun to be smart. Brain Quest team competitions for families and friends are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also scheduled for children are writing enrichment projects for fourth to ninth graders and a storytelling tent.

Costumed book characters Corduroy and Skippyjon Jones will be at the Festival for photos and visits throughout the Festival.

Several children’s and young adult authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss their books. Among them are Camille Barnes, Lesley Crawford Costner, Johnette Downing, Mary Helen Blanchard, Sue Brunner, Irene Latham, Jennifer Brown, Ellie James and Shelia Goss.

Screenings of the 2011 Academy Award-winning short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore will be held at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Several discussions for young adult readers will take place at the Festival. One discussion will feature young adult author John Corey Whaley interviewing author Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, at 1 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m. in the Capitol Park Museum Auditorium, WorldPlay’s Freshhhh Heat will conduct a teen open mic and competitive poetry slam.

The Louisiana Book Festival is Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. It is free and open to the public.

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL TO HOST TWO COMMUNITY READING EVENTS

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The Louisiana Book Festival will host two events encouraging festival goers to read the same book for a festival discussion. One Book, One Festival will feature a reader discussion of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces led by Southern literature scholar Gary Richards. The second festival-wide discussion will be a Louisiana Big Read event, part of the statewide Big Read project, featuring Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Both discussions will take place at the Louisiana Book Festival on Oct. 27 in downtown Baton Rouge.

One Book One Festival’s discussion of A Confederacy of Dunces will pay equal attention to the artistry of the narrative and the brilliance of the sociological representations. Attention will also be given to the long comic novel form as well as to the effectiveness of individual moments of comedy.

Additional programming related to A Confederacy of Dunces will be featured at the festival: a discussion lead by author Cory McLauchlin about his Toole biography, Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces and a screening of a documentary, JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE: the omega point, presented by producer Joe Sanford.

The Big Read event featuring The Things They Carried is presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The festival panel discussion will be moderated by Harry Laver of Southeastern Louisiana University and will include panelists Charles Elliott of Southeastern Louisiana University and Mary McCay of Loyola University.

O’Brien’s critically acclaimed The Things They Carried is a series of related stories about a combat platoon in Vietnam that weave the power of fiction and the honesty of personal account into a seamless expression of war as experience.

For more information on One Book One Festival, The Big Read and the Louisiana Book Festival visit, www.LouisianaBookFestival.org or the Louisiana Book Festival Facebook page.

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THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU: VOLUNTEER TODAY!

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The Louisiana Book Festival needs you! Join in the fun and experience the Louisiana Book Festival from within by volunteering.

Louisiana’s world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books is Sat., Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This nationally recognized literary event is free and will take place in the heart of Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and in tents on neighboring streets.

Volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. Whether it is escorting the festival’s authors, serving as room monitors in the Capitol during panel discussions and author book talks or working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion, your help is needed.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information about the Festival as well as volunteer opportunities, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org and scroll down to the volunteer section.

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The ninth annual Louisiana Book Festival, free and open to the public, is featuring more than 125 authors and panelists discussing their books; the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling performances; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and other performances.

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