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March 20, 2002


Mary Jo Ryan

Nebraska Young People Write to Influential Authors

On March 20, Governor Mike Johanns signed a proclamation declaring April 14-20 as National Library Week in Nebraska. National Library Week is celebrated this year with recognition of the "Letters About Literature" State Award Winners. Five young writers were honored for their letters to authors, living or dead, describing how the authors' books or stories changed their way of viewing the world. The winners are:

Grades Eight to Twelve:
Ben Keele, Hastings, Winner
Margaret Fairchild, Lincoln, Alternate
Joel Mougey, North Platte, Honorable Mention

Grades Four to Seven:
Elizabeth McKim, Humboldt, Winner
Laura Thames, Humboldt, Alternate

The Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Weekly Reader Corporation sponsored the statewide contest last fall. The judges were Mel Krutz, Evelyn Haller, Fran Reinehr, and Mary Ann Satterfield. The winners' cash prizes of $100 came from the Weekly Reader Corporation while the alternates received $50 contributed by Nebraska's Houchen Bindery. All winners also received gift certificates from Lee Booksellers.


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