The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
October 14, 2009
NH Center for the Book invites young readers
to enter Letters About Literature 2010
Again this year, New Hampshire students have the opportunity to participate in Letters about Literature, a reading promotion grant program that awards cash prizes and Target giftcards to winning participants, and may also bring as much as $10,000 to their school or community library.
A national writing contest for readers 9 years of age or older in grades 4 through 12, Letters About Literature is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores. In New Hampshire, the program is coordinated by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.
To participate in Letters About Literature, students write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Young readers can select authors from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic.
The deadline for entries in Letters About Literature 2010 is December 12, 2009; entries must include the required entry coupon. The coupon, along with complete contest rules, a teaching supplement to guide students through the reading-writing process, a list of books that inspired previous semi-finalist essays, and winning essays from previous years are all available by visiting the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library’s website, www.nhbookcenter.org, and clicking on “Letters About Literature.”
For the competition, a panel of New Hampshire judges will select the top letters in the state in each of three competition levels: Level I for students in grades 4 through 6, Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III for grades 9 through 12. New Hampshire winners receive a cash award of $100 from the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library and a $50 Target GiftCard. Their letters then advance for national judging.
At the national level, judges for The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress select six National Winners (2 per level of competition) and twelve National Honorable Mention Winners (4 per level of competition). National Winners receive a $500 Target GiftCard and a $10,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their community or school library. National Honorable Mention Winners each receive a $100 Target GiftCard and a $1,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their community or school library.
The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was founded in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Information on the Center is available at www.nhbookcenter.org.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress 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. For 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 each 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.
Letters About Literature supports national standards for teaching language arts & reading as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the 2010 Letters about Literature program, the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, or to arrange an interview, please contact Mary Russell, 603-271-2866, [email protected]