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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 24, 2003

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434
800-307-2665

Deadline Nears for Student Entries for Letters About Literature Contest

December 6, 2003 is the deadline for students to enter the annual Letters About Literature national writing contest. Letters About Literature is a national reading promotion for children and young adults sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target stores and the Weekly Reader Corporation, and locally coordinated through the Nebraska Center for the Book.

Contest participants compete on three levels: Level I for young readers in grades 4-6; Level II for young adult readers in grades 7-8; and Level III for readers in grades 9-12. Young readers are asked to write a letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how the author's work changed their view of the world or themselves. Contest winners will be announced in April during National Library Week. Two national winners in each competition level will travel to the National Book Festival and receive a Target gift card. The Nebraska Center for the Book will select state finalists, who will be honored by the governor and receive cash and other prizes.

Nebraska's winning entries in the 2003 Letters About Literature contest can be read in their entirety on the Library Commission Web site. Log on to the Commission home page at <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Letters About Literature 2004.

For a copy of the official contest guidelines plus the required entry coupon, log on to the Nebraska Library Commission home page at <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Letters About Literature 2004, or contact Mary Geibel at 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for a print copy. Contest entry letters must be postmarked by December 6, 2003.

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The Nebraska Center for the Book is housed at the Nebraska Library Commission and brings together the state's readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book, supporting programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is supported by the Nebraska Library Commission. As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page.


For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.