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COLLABORATIVE SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM’S 2015 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 “Unmask!” The deadline for video submission is March 13, 2015.

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2015 and used by public libraries nationally to promote summer reading. The creators of the winning state video will be awarded $150 and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $50 from the CSLP and Upstart.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the U.S., its territories and the Cayman Islands that works together to provide high-quality summer reading materials for libraries to use in their summer programs with children, teens and adults.

To view the 2014 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. 

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LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 POETRY PROGRAMS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is featuring several poetry programs at the Nov. 1 festival. Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana French-Language Poet Laureate Zachary Richard and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award winner will all take the stage. In addition, teens will enjoy an open mic poetry slam hosted by Forward Arts.

Ava Leavell Haymon is hosting two sessions with poets from throughout the state. Spotlighted poets include Peter Cooley, Ashley Havrid, Mona Lisa Saloy and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane at one session and Gina Ferrara, John Gery, Genaro Kỳ Lỳ Smith and Lenore Weiss at another. Haymon will host additional programs featuring Zachary Richard, the first Louisiana French-language poet laureate, and a program introducing the first two poets of LSU Press new Barataria Poetry Series—Julia B. Levine and Martha Serpas.

Darrell Bourque, two-time Louisiana poet laureate, will be presented with the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize the extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by the artist’s body of work. Bourque is the 15th recipient of a Louisiana Writer Award. In a separate program, Bourque will discuss his poetry with Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life.

Gregory Robinson will present his collection of poems All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film. And poet Alison Pelegrin will be a panelist in a program celebrating the upcoming 80th anniversary of The Southern Review.

Geared toward teenagers, WordPlay’s Freshhh Heat Teen Open Mic and Poetry Slam presented by Forward Arts, is sure to entertain.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebookand Twitter.

 

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LA BOOK FESTIVAL FEATURES EXCITING CHILDREN AND TEENS PROGRAMS

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The Louisiana Book Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 1, will offer exciting programs for children and teens. The Young Readers Pavilion will feature programming for children and the Teen HQ is the home base for teens-only activities. . 

The Young Readers Pavilion will host a wide variety of children’s authors—Whitney Stewart, whose book is A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wifewas chosen to represent Louisiana at the National Book Festival; and John Grandits, winner of the 2014 Young Readers’ Choice Award for his book Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus.

Temporary tattoos, storytelling and book related crafts and activities will also entertain children in the Pavilion. Storybook characters Mittens, Lyle the Crocodile, Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White from Grimm’s Fairy Tales will be available for pictures and autographs. Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies will be in the Senate Chamber.

Brain Quest will bring its fast paced, curriculum-based question and answer game to life with Brain Quest Challenges throughout the day. Children ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to play and compete individually or as a team. All participants receive giveaways while they last and official challenge participation certificates.

Teen HQ will feature author presentations, crafts, trivia, raffles and a scavenger hunt just for teenagers. Kendare Blake will receive the 2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Honor Book award for Anna Dressed in Blood. Jennifer Anne Moses, author of Tales from My Closet, and Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of 13th Sign, will be among the many young adult authors presenting at this year’s Book Festival.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for festival updates on Facebookand Twitter.

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MODERN BAPTISTS AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH FEATURED IN BOOK FESTIVAL GROUP DISCUSSIONS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is hosting two group book discussions at its Nov. 1 festival in downtown Baton Rouge. One Book, One Festival will discuss Modern Baptists moderated by its author, James Wilcox. The Big Read group discussion will center on John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath.

“Group book discussions are a great way to be more than a spectator and really get involved at the Book Festival,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “I encourage the community to read one or both of the discussion books and enjoy the camaraderie with other Book Festival attendees.”

Initiated in 2008, One Book, One Festival is a scholar-led discussion group. Wilcox, a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University and 2011 Louisiana Writer Award recipient, published his book about the fictional town Tula Spring, La., in 1983. Modern Baptistswas included in Harold Bloom’s Western Canon and listed by GQ magazine as one of the best works of fiction in the past 45 years in its 45th anniversary issue. This is One Book, One Festival’s first author-led discussion.

The Big Read’s featured book is The Grapes of Wrath. The panel book discussion is a result of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum to hold a month-long series of community events focusing on John Steinbeck’s classic and how it compares to post-Katrina New Orleans. Among the events is the Book Festival’s panel discussion that centers on 21st century perspectives about upheaval and adaption. Liz Williams, president and director of SoFAB Institute, a food authority and published author; David Beriss, author and cultural anthropologist at University of New Orleans; and Alisa Plant, an editor at LSU Press, will serve as panelists.

For more information about the Festival or to sign up to volunteer, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. A Louisiana Book Festival app is available at the App Store and on Google Play. Also look for festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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LA BOOK FESTIVAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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The Louisiana Book Festival is seeking volunteers to join in the fun and experience the Louisiana Book Festival from within. Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information about the Festival as well as volunteer opportunities by visiting LouisianaBookFestival.org/volunteer, calling 225.342.4996 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Louisiana’s world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books is Saturday, Nov. 1, 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.
 
The 11th Louisiana Book Festival will feature more than 200 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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ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS FALL

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ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS FALL

The 11th annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and neighboring streetsin downtown Baton Rouge. The festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling writers, panel discussions, activities for children and teens, live music and food.

The 2013 festival attracted nearly 30,000 attendees. This year’s festival will feature author presentations on Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg; Life after Life by Jill McCorkle; Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow; Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by James Carville and Mary Matalin; and the children's book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts.

Other participating authors and poets include Natalie Baszile, Clifton Crais, Sally Asher,  Gillian McCain, Legs McNeil, Susan Mustafa, Gary Krist, Ernest Gaines, Ava Leavell Haymon, Michael A. Ross, Laura McNeal, Earl Swift, Darrell Bourque and many others. For a complete list and biographies of the more than 200 authors and participants, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org.

The Book Festival cooking tent includes demonstrations by chefs and cookbook authors such as Daniel Shumski and Anne Byrn.

A variety of writing WordShops are scheduled for the day before the festival, including a fiction writing session led by author Jill McCorkle (Fellowship of Southern Writers) and a teen writing session on experimental writing by author Mark Dunn. Descriptions of all WordShops as well as registration and fee information are available at the festival website.

For more information or to volunteer, visit LouisianaBookFestival.org. Also look for Book Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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WRITING WORKSHOPS HELD DAY BEFORE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL

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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting five WordShops, on Friday, Oct. 31, in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Book Festival author-instructors Jill McCorkle, Mark Dunn, Ava Leavell Haymon, Barbara Slate and Earl Swift will cover topics including storytelling, teen-writing, graphic novels, poetry and organizing strategies.

Fellowship of Southern Writers member Jill McCorkle, author of four story collections and six novels, presents Finding the Story, a fiction workshop focusing on showing and telling the story one has always wanted to write. 

Mark Dunn, the genre-busting novelist, leads young writers in Breaking the Rules: A Teen Writing Workshop for the Creatively Hyperactive, an exploration of the different non-traditional ways of expressing oneself with language.

Comic artist Barbara Slate guides attendees on how to write and draw comic books and graphic novels as she presents You Can Do a Graphic Novel.

Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon facilitates novices and experienced participants alike in Making Poems out of Your Own Experience through translating memories into poems. Haymon has published four poetry collections. She also edits the LSU Press Barataria Poetry Series.

Journalist Earl Swift, author of five books of narrative nonfiction, presents The Lovely Bones: On Organizing Your Research and Writing, offering strategies for organizing field notes, interview transcripts and documentary research. 

For additional information or to register for WordShops, call 225.219.9503 or visit LouisianaBookFestival.org/wordshops.html.

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STATE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

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Science is the theme of the State Library of Louisiana’s 2014 Summer Reading Program. It offers a variety of activities to draw families into libraries such as art projects, creative writing, interacting with performing artists and gaming. The children’s program is Fizz, Boom, Read; the teen program is Spark a Reaction and the adult program is Literary Elements.

These activities encourage students to continue to read throughout the summer while cultivating a love for 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 2013, 94,000 people participated in the Summer Reading Program and Louisiana libraries offered 8,500 free programs with more than 284,000 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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