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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov, 603-271-2866
December 12, 2011

Letters About Literature 2012 Deadline: Jan. 6

New Hampshire students nine years of age or older in grades 4 through 12 have until Jan. 6 to participate in Letters about Literature, a reading promotion 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.

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. Top letters are selected in three competition levels: grades 4 to 6, 7 and 8, and 9 to 12. Winners at each level advance to the national competition.

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 letters, and winning entries from previous years are all available at http://lal.nhbookcenter.org.

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.

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 New Hampshire Center is available at http://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 http://www.read.gov/cfb/.

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 2012 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, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov.

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