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November 20, 1998

Mary Jo Ryan

Nebraska Young People Invited to Write a Letter to a Favorite Author--Living or Dead for Fall 1998 Contest

To spotlight the special relationship between young readers and authors, the Nebraska Center for the Book, as an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and Weekly Reader Corporation invite Nebraska readers in grades 4 through 12 to write a letter to an author--living or dead--describing how the author's book or story somehow changed the young reader's way of viewing the world. The national prize in this Letters about Literature contest is a $1,000 US Savings Bond. In addition, the Nebraska Center for the Book will award cash prizes to Nebraska's top letterwriters. Judges for the Nebraska contestants include Mel Krutz, Fran Reinehr, Mary Ann Satterfield, and Marly Swick. To receive a copy of the official contest guidelines, plus the required entry coupon, call Stephanie Schreiber at Weekly Reader, 203-705-3412 or log on to the Nebraska Library Commission home page at , search on Letters about Literature. Letters must be received by December 18, 1998.

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. As the people who know and love books and 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.


For additional information about Nebraska authors, see

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. Point your World Wide Web browser to


Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

For more information see About the Contest, How to Enter the Contest, and the Entry Coupon, or search on Letters About Literature on the Library Commission Search Page.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.