DC Public Library Opens 2010 Letters About Literature Contest

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DC Public Library Opens 2010 Letters About Literature Contest

Know a young person who can’t stop talking about a book that changed their life?  The DC Public Library wants to know about it. 

Letters About Literature, a national writing contest, invites young readers to write a letter to an author explaining how their book has impacted their life.  Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the DC Public Library, and Target, the contest is open to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Each year, the program selects six national winners, each of whom will earn a $10,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their community or school library.  Twelve national honorable mention winners will each earn a $1,000 grant for the community or school library of their choice.  The DC Public Library will honor and award local entries in the state competition where the top three students from each category will read their letters and receive gift awards from Target Stores and other local sponsors.

The deadline for entries is December 7, 2009.  Teachers and librarians can download the contest guidelines and entry forms from the Letters About Literature Web site. Teaching materials including lessons plans, writing samples and assessment checklists are also available on the Web site. 

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. The DC Public Library is the District of Columbia’s state center for the book. For more information about its activities and national reading promotion networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.
 
Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.