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LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE ANNOUNCES 2012 LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

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The Louisiana Book Festival is returning to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival-goers of all ages will celebrate books with more than 125 authors and panelists who will present and discuss their latest works. The nationally recognized literary celebration is free and open to the public 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.

“Each festival ignites a spirit of literacy and learning,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said.  I encourage every Louisianan to attend and get to know a few accomplished authors and enjoy Louisiana’s famous festival atmosphere.”

Last year nearly 16,500 visitors from throughout the nation and other countries attended the festival. The festival will again feature presentations by Louisiana and Southern writers as well as national bestselling authors, panel discussions, a Children’s Pavilion, live music and food vendors.

The festival counts on volunteers to help make the event a success. Whether it is escorting the festival’s authors, serving as room monitors in the Capitol during panel discussions or working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion, volunteers are essential. If you are interested in volunteering, visit www.LouisianaBookFestival.org/Volunteers.html.

Information about the 2012 Book Festival is available online at http://www.LouisianaBookFestival.org or the Louisiana Book Festival Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LABookFestival .

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Oct 2, 2012

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LOUISIANA STUDENTS EXCEL IN NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST

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Two Louisiana students earned national recognition in the 2012 Letters About Literature writing competition. Ella Frantzen of Lafayette was selected as one of the four national honors recipients for Level 1 and Imogen Hoffman of Gretna was chosen as one of 16 finalists for Level 2.

Students are asked to write a personal letter to an author or poet, living or dead, explaining how that writer's work changed the student’s way of thinking about themselves or the world and how the chosen books impacted their life or worldview. Two national winners and four honors recipients are chosen for each of three grade-level categories: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8) and Level 3 (grades 9-12).

The competition, which received approximately 70,000 entries, is conducted by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target. It is presented in cooperation with affiliated state centers, including the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana.

Louisiana’s first place winner for Level 1, Frantzen, wrote her winning letter to Fred Gipson, author of Old Yeller. Frantzen’s designated school library, Episcopal School of Acadiana Lower School Library, receives a $1,000 Target grant. Frantzen receives a $50 Target GiftCard in addition to other prizes already earned at the state level. Frantzen’s winning letter may be viewed at www.lettersaboutliterature.org.  

Louisiana’s Level 2 winner, Hoffman, is a student at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, and was chosen as one of 16 for her grade level.  Hoffman wrote to author Avi about the novel, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana presents the Letters About Literature competition each year for Louisiana students. For more information, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

 


 

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July 3, 2012

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AUTHOR AND PLAYWRIGHT JOHN BIGUENET HONORED WITH LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD

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BiguenetPhotocredit-HaroldBaquet_web Multitalented novelist, short story writer, playwright, columnist, translator and essayist John Biguenet has been named recipient of the prestigious Louisiana Writer Award for 2012. He is being honored by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana for his extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by his body of work.

Biguenet will be recognized as the 2012 recipient at an award ceremony at the beginning of the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2012, by Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton, during which Biguenet will discuss his writing career.  An additional festival program is planned during which Biguenet will discuss his work in depth.

The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual life of Louisiana. Past recipients include novelists James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau Elmore Leonard, Tim Gautreaux, Valerie Martin, and James Wilcox; children’s author William Joyce, poets Yusef Komunyakaa and William Jay Smith; historian Carl A. Brasseaux; and scholar Lewis P. Simpson.

John Biguenet has published seven books, including Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories, released in the U.S. by Ecco/HarperCollins and widely translated.

Biguenet’s work has received an O. Henry Award for short fiction and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award among other distinctions; and his poems, stories, plays and essays have been reprinted or cited in The Best American Mystery Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Best American Short Stories, Best Music Writing, Contemporary Poetry in America, Katrina on Stage and various other anthologies. His work has appeared in such magazines as Granta, Esquire, North American Review, Oxford American, Southern Review, Storie (Rome), Story and Zoetrope.

Named its first guest columnist by The New York Times, Biguenet chronicled in both columns and videos his return to New Orleans after its catastrophic flooding and the efforts to rebuild the city.

Biguenet’s radio play Wundmale, which premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany's largest radio network, was rebroadcast by Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national radio and television network. Two of his stories have been featured in Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway, the Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere. The Vulgar Soul won the 2004 Southern New Plays Festival and was a featured production in 2005 at Southern Rep Theatre; he and the play were profiled in American Theatre magazine.

Rising Water was the winner of the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection and a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the 2007 Big Easy Theatre Award for Best Original Play; it has had numerous productions around the country.  In 2008, Biguenet was named Theatre Person of the Year at the Big Easy Theatre Awards, the region’s major professional theater awards.

Shotgun, the second play in his Rising Water cycle, premiered in 2009 at Southern Rep Theatre, with subsequent productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Florida Studio Theatre and elsewhere; it won a 2009 National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award and was a 2009 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Shotgun is published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Biguenet was awarded a Marquette Fellowship for the writing of Night Train, his new play, which he developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London and which premiered at New Jersey Rep Theatre in 2011.  Broomstick, currently in development, has had staged readings over the past year at Stages Rep in Houston, the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans and Portland Stage in Maine.

The third play in his Rising Water cycle, Mold, will premiere in 2013 at Southern Rep Theatre.  This ongoing cycle of plays about the flooding of New Orleans has been the subject of articles in American Theatre, The American Scholar and elsewhere.

Biguenet has served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities.  He is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Please join us at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 27 to honor our 2012 Louisiana Writer Award recipient John Biguenet.  For more information about the festival, see www.louisianabookfestival.org

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June 5, 2012

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF OWN THE NIGHT TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE

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The State Library of Louisiana is announcing the Louisiana winners of the Own the Night Teen Video Challenge 2012 held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The winning video, Fast Food, was created by Courman Winters and Michael Hilburn, teen patrons of the Lafayette Public Library.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition aimed at getting teens involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winners were selected from 23 participating states and their videos are recognized as official Own the Night Teen Video Challenge winners. The winning videos will be used to promote summer reading programs in libraries nationwide and each winning video will earn its creators $275 from the CSLP.

“By participating, teens are sending a clear message about the importance of literacy and public libraries,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “These activities allow teens to harness their creative energy and encourages them to promote positive aspects of their community.”

The Teen Video Challenge is an annual competition held by the CSLP. To see the 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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May 29, 2012

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THE STATE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM THEME ANNOUNCED

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DreamBigNightime is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2012 Louisiana Summer Reading Program. Children, teen and adult programs each have a different slogan—the children’s summer reading slogan is Dream Big: READ; the teen slogan is Own the Night and the adult slogan is Between the Covers.

The Summer Reading Program offers a variety of activities to draw families into the library like art projects, creative writing, sports and gaming. These activities encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer, and to 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.

OwnTheNightIn 2011, 89,000 people participated in the summer reading program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,500 free programs with more than 253,000 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.

BetweenTheCoversThe summer reading programs are 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 can also participate. For more information on the summer reading program or other State Library programs, visit www.state.lib.la.us.

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May 17, 2012

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RECOGNIZES LIBRARIES’ ROLE IN EARLY LEARNING

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Posted on May 10, 2012 by koconnell

By Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director

At an April 24 briefing at D.C’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, I joined Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Director of the Office of Head Start, in announcing that our offices and ACF’s Office of Child Care would collaborate in an effort to encourage partnerships between federally funded early child care programs and public libraries. Today the agreement between our three offices became official with the issuance of an “Information Memorandum,” ACF’s  instrument for formal communication with the agencies it funds.

As the memorandum states,”Public libraries provide centers for learning in nearly every community in the United States, and it is important for children and families to learn about and recognize public libraries as a valuable resource. Libraries offer rich learning environments for children and their families and caregivers.”

For years, nearly every public library in the country has been delivering children’s programs. By expanding and publicizing this work, the partnership that becomes official today will allow more children and their families to take advantage of the services libraries have to offer and enhance the benefits they receive from ACF programs.

Early learning has been a high priority for IMLS, so I am thrilled to have formed this partnership with our friends at ACF. I urge all public libraries to reach out to the early care providers in their communities and find innovative and effective ways to work together.

 

STATE LIBRARIAN NAMED AS ANTHONY H. BENOIT AWARD WINNER

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Rebecca Hamilton, State LibrarianThe Louisiana Library Association presented State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton with the Anthony H. Benoit Award at their 2012 conference in Shreveport. The award is presented annually to an LLA member in the middle of their career who has made outstanding contributions to librarianship.

Since becoming the state librarian in 2005, Hamilton has helped the library increase the Louisiana Book Festival attendance to more than 25,000 and secured an $8.8 million federal Broadband Technology Opportunities grant to further the library’s mission. Hamilton oversaw the rebuilding of the Library’s internal network and backup systems, a 3‐year project that was confirmed a success during the Hurricane Gustav in 2008. The State Library never lost Internet connectivity while all other state government offices in Baton Rouge were offline. Hamilton also obtained a $12 million grant to provide temporary library facilities after storms in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Hamilton is Louisiana’s fourth State Librarian in the agency’s 85-year history and the youngest State Librarian in the nation.

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April 23, 2012

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STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2012 LOUISIANA READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

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Nearly 27,000 students throughout the state voted to choose the winners of the 2012 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by David Roberts was the top choice of third through fifth graders while 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass received the most votes from middle school students. This is the first year to have ninth through 12th grade students participating. The Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award for 2012 goes to Hate List by Jennifer Brown.

Nearly 2,000 Louisiana high school students participated in this inaugural year by reading close to 4,000 books this year.

“The State Library of Louisiana’s expansion of the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program allows our state’s high school students to have a voice in the recognition of great literature,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “Students can now participate in this literacy program from elementary school through graduation, taking those skills of independent reading with them.”

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

“We began this program 13 years ago in an effort to pursue one of the core missions of the State Library of Louisiana—to foster a culture of literacy in our citizens beginning with our children,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “We know that once our children become readers they can achieve much more throughout their formal education.”

The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the State Library of Louisiana underwritten by Dr. James R. and Ann A. Peltier with additional support by PermaBound Books. It is a model collaborative reading program involving students, teachers and public librarians in all regions of the state.

For information about the program including previous winners and this year’s second place winners, as well as a 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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MARCH 21, 2012

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