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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 24, 2003

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

Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting Set for November 2

Nebraska book lovers (readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars) are invited to the Nebraska Center for the Book Annual Meeting and a presentation featuring Dr. David Wishart, editor of the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln . The Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Center for the Book will be held in the main gallery of the Great Plains Art Collection, 1155 Q Street, Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday, November 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. 

The Jane Pope Geske Award for exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, book-selling, or writing in Nebraska will also be presented to the Grand Island Public Library and the Grand Island Public Library Foundation, Inc. The library and foundation were honored for their rich tradition of service (120 years in 2004), their outreach services throughout Hall County, and the variety of reading and literacy services provided. 

The award, established by the Nebraska Center for the Book, is presented annually to an organization, business, library, school, association, or other group that has made an exceptional contribution to literacy, books, reading, libraries, or Nebraska literature. The Jane Geske Award commemorates Geske's passion for books, and was established in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of the libraries of Nebraska. Jane Geske was a founding member of the Nebraska Center for the Book and a long-time leader in Nebraska library and literary activities. 

The Nebraska Center for the Book brings together the state's readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators, and scholars to build the community of the book. We are the people who know and love books, and who value the richness they bring to our lives. Our Nebraska Center supports programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center has been an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress since 1990.

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.