Students can revisit their most powerful literary experiences through a contest that asks them to write a personal letter to an author and explain how his or her work changed their perspective on the world.
The national Letters About Literature competition is open to students in grades 4 through 12, and submissions are being accepted until January 6, 2011 (postmark). The annual competition is sponsored by the South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book and the South Carolina State Library Foundation in partnership with Target and the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
To enter, readers write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author’s work made an impact on their life. Contestants are cautioned not to summarize the book’s plot, but to express in an honest, conversational tone, how the book affected them.
The contest, which focuses on reader response and reflective writing, has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12. State winners’ letters will also be judged to determine national winners and national honors winners. National winners will receive a $10,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their library and national honors winners will receive a $1,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their library.
To download the official entry guidelines and entry form, visit http://lettersaboutliterature.org.
Estimated 200,000 Attend 2011 Library of Congress National Book Festival
First Two-day Festival Draws More Than 100 Award-winning Authors
An estimated 200,000 book-lovers gathered on the National Mall this weekend for the first-ever two-day National Book Festival. Organized by the Library of Congress with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the 2011 event featured presentations and book signings by more than 100 of our nation’s bestselling authors, illustrators and poets including Toni Morrison, Hoda Kotb, Dave Eggers, David McCullough, Terry McMillan, Katherine Paterson, Garrison Keillor and Jim Lehrer (visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/authors/ for a complete list of participating authors).
“For more than a decade, the National Book Festival has given book lovers of all ages the rare opportunity to meet, interact with and be inspired by their favorite authors,” said the Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington. “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, such as David M. Rubenstein and Target – and the more than 1,100 volunteers who give their time to make this event possible – we can look forward to this beloved celebration of reading and literacy for years to come.”
In addition to author appearances and signings, festival-goers were delighted by two action-packed days of photo opportunities with storybook characters, literacy games and special author readings. Authors also signed books for long lines of excited fans. For those who were unable to attend the festival or missed a pavilion, author presentation webcasts will be available at www.loc.gov/bookfest/, where festival-goers are also invited to share their feedback about the 2011 event by completing an online survey. The theme of this year’s festival was “Celebrate the joys of reading aloud”.
2011 festival highlights included:
• Three new genre pavilions. The Cutting Edge, Graphic Novels and State Poets Laureate pavilions gave festival-goers the opportunity to experience authors representing genres not previously represented at the National Book Festival.
• The Library of Congress pavilion, which offered a greater array of staff and curator presentations about the Library’s offerings than ever before, gave pavilion visitors an opportunity to learn about the resources of our nation’s oldest federal institution directly from its experts. Discussion topics and activities included the Library’s new National Jukebox as well as guidance on how to research family genealogy and preserve photographs.
• The Family Storytelling Stage. Sponsored by Target, the distinguished corporate benefactor of the National Book Festival, this new pavilion offered presentations by more than 20 authors and musicians whose books and performances are devoted to very young readers. The sponsorship is part of Target’s commitment to helping more children read proficiently by the end of grade 3.
• Gateway to Knowledge Traveling Exhibition. The 2011 festival marks the end of a year on the road for the “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition, a tractor-trailer sponsored by the Abby and Emily Rapoport Foundation, which brought the Library’s offerings to 90 communities throughout the nation (www.loc.gov/gateway/).
• The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. A readers’ theater presentation, led by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Katherine Paterson, rolled out the newly published book version of “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure”— a year-long, serialized story written by many beloved children’s authors and illustrated by notable artists. The story originated online at www.read.gov.
• The Digital Bookmobile. This high-tech exhibition powered by OverDrive, which supports reading and literacy with eBooks from libraries, for the third year in a row enabled visitors to browse a public library’s website, sample popular eBooks, audiobooks, music and video titles, and learn how to download and try out supported mobile devices.
• PBS KIDS pavilion. Inside this pavilion, children sang along with PBS KIDS’ SteveSongs, enjoyed read-alouds with Martha from Martha Speaks, and posed for pictures with PBS KIDS characters from the cast of Super Why and other favorites, such as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and the Cat in the Hat.
• Washington Post. Reporters and editors from Charter Sponsor The Washington Post introduced several of the author presentations and the Post’s KidsPost page sponsored a special scavenger hunt for festival-going kids.
• Let’s Read America pavilion. In the Let’s Read America pavilion, children and families enjoyed a range of activities offered by ReadAloud.org, The Washington Post, AT&T, the Penguin Group and Scholastic. Scholastic also returned to the festival with Mrs. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus.
• Pavilion of the States. Authors posed for photos with festival-goers inside the Pavilion of the States, which featured information about reading- and literacy-promotion programs, and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. trusts and territories.
The 2011 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Distinguished Corporate Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons AT&T, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble, Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org and Scholastic Inc.; and–in the Friends category–the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc; the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; The Hay-Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV and the Junior League of Washington.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
Photo L-R: Frances Keel, SC Literary Arts Partnership Coordinator; Susan Hildreth, Director of IMLS; Curtis Rogers, SC State Library Communications Director and SC Center for the Book Coordinator.
Advance tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10! http://www.c4women.org/
The first 100 to donate get a FREE copy of the Julie Dash novel Daughter’s of the Dust. Author Dash will be at the event to sign books. You are encouraged to read the book, and then pass it on to a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker. Special thanks to the Sue Metzger Estate and the Charleston County Public Library.
Dorothea Benton Frank…, Mary Alice Monroe, Holly Herrick, Nathalie Dupree, Carolyn Evans, Marjory Wentworth, Amy McCandless, Terry Ward Tucker, Mary Edna Fraser, and over 60 other local authors at one location! Come meet your favorite local writers and get your purchases personally signed! Readings will be conducted by a variety of authors during the afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women so that we can continue to bring you our useful programs, events and services.
To purchase tickets and for a full list of authors go to http://www.c4women.org/
Refreshments served. FREE gift wrapping! FREE Parking!
Co-sponsors: English Department at The Citadel and Barnes & Noble
(use your Barnes & Noble discount card!)
The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book, in cooperation with USC Press, is pleased to announce its fall 2011 author line up. The Speaker @ the Center program will hold free lunchtime author talks on the following dates:
Thursday, August 25 – Philip G. Grose, Looking for Utopia: The Life and Times of John C. West. The first biography of this visionary South Carolina governor and stalwart ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Thursday, September 8 – Robert M. Weir, Captured at Kings Mountain: The Diary of Uzal Johnson, a Loyalist Surgeon. A Loyalist perspective on social, medical, and military aspects of the American Revolution.
Tuesday, October 25 – Tara Mitchell Mielnik, New Deal, New Landscape: The Civilian Conservation Corps and South Carolina’s State Parks. A history of the New Deal program that led to the creation of South Carolina’s first sixteen state parks.
Thursday, November 3 – Allen H. Stokes, The Kohn-Hennig Library: A Catalog. A guide to a monumental collection of South Caroliniana and a tribute to its devoted collectors.
Thursday, December 8 – Walter Edgar, South Carolina in the Modern Age. A nuanced view of the Palmetto State in the twentieth century as written by the state’s leading historian.
Books will be available for purchase and autographing. All programs will take place from noon to 1pm in the Administration Building at the SC State Library located at 1430 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina.
The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.
Equity of Access to Information: A Comparative Exploration of Library Accessibility and Information Access from Differently-Able Patrons’ Perspectives
Clayton Copeland is a doctoral candidate in the School of Library & Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Samantha Hastings is the chair of her dissertation committee.
Ms. Clayton’s research, Equity of Access to Information: A Comparative Exploration of Library Accessibility and Information Access from Differently-Able Patrons’ Perspectives, focuses on the perceptions of differently-able public library users compared to typically-able library users on matters of equity of information access. The purpose of this study is to explore patron experiences and complete a comparative analysis of information access, library services, and accessibility in our nation’s information centers. Participants may be either differently-able (identify as having a disability) or typically-able (identify as not having a disability). The study will analyze participants’ “lived experiences” in libraries to illuminate the realities of library accessibility and access to information.
Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may decide not to participate in the study at any time or may elect to not answer specific questions posed to you. Additionally, you may be assured that, to every extent possible, your participation is confidential.
Ms. Clayton A. Copeland
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Carolina
1501 Greene Street (Davis College)
Columbia, SC 29208
Submission Guidelines: Applicants must be full-time South Carolina Residents. All entries must be typed or computer printed on 8 ½ X 11 paper. There is no restriction to form or content. Postmark deadline is Friday November 11, 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned.
To apply: Two copies of manuscript with separate cover sheet. Manuscript must consist of 6-10 pages of unpublished poems, with no more than one poem per page. Poet’s name must not appear on manuscript pages. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept electronic submissions. Cover Sheet must contain poet’s name and contact information (USPS mailing address, email address, phone number) and titles of poems. $15.00 entry fee, payable to South Carolina Academy of Authors.
Send two copies of the manuscript with one cover sheet and application fee to: Elizabeth Bernardin, 407 Meeting Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. Phone: 843-546-5554, email:email@example.com.
Winner will be notified by email or telephone. SCAA Board Members are not eligible to apply.
Judge for the 2011 Nickens Fellowship Competition: Keith Flynn is the author of five books, including four collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994),The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007), and a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing(Writer’s Digest Books, 2007). His award-winning poetry and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, and Flynn has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review.
For more information about the South Carolina Academy of Authors, please visitwww.scacademyofauthors.org.
The South Carolina Academy of Authors (SCAA) announces its first annual $1000 fellowship in fiction. Entries may be previously unpublished short stories or excerpts from unpublished longer works. Limit 15 pages per submission, one submission per author. There are no restrictions on content; however, applicants must be full-time South Carolina residents. SCAA board members are ineligible. Winner will be invited to SCAA induction ceremony in April, 2012.
Submissions must be typed on 8.5 x 11 paper. Author’s name must not appear on manuscript. Send two hard copies of story/chapter with separate cover sheet specifying author’s name, contact information and submission title, plus $15 submission fee payable to SCAA.
DEADLINE: Entries postmarked no later than November 11, 2011.
Send submissions and $15 application fee payable to SCAA to Jon Tuttle, Department of English, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence SC 29502. Contact Jon Tuttle for more information at Jtuttle@fmarion.edu.
Mark Powell, this year’s judge, is the author of Prodigals and Blood Kin (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize), and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Prague Summer Institute. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals asRivendell, The Southeastern Review, Yemassee, The South Carolina Review and The North Carolina Review. He holds degrees from The Citadel, the University of South Carolina and Yale Divinity School. He lives in Deland, Florida and teaches at Stetson University.
For more information about the South Carolina Academy of Authors, please visitwww.scacademyofauthors.org.
The State Library’s Center for the Book is pleased to announce the request for nominations for its awards program, which honors excellence in writing, teaching, and advocacy of the literary arts. This year, the Center seeks nominations in these three categories:
- Writing: SC writer of any genre whose work has been published in the last year (2010)
- Teaching: SC teacher of the literary or language arts (at any level or type of school)
- Advocacy: SC person or organization that works to promote the literary arts and to foster a creative atmosphere in the state
The criteria for nominees are:
- The nominee must be a living South Carolina resident or an active South Carolina organization.
- The nominee must be a published writer, a current teacher, or an active promoter of the literary arts in South Carolina, as described in a one page nomination letter.
The 2011 award nomination form should be accompanied by a letter (one page or shorter) to the SCCFTB Awards Committee explaining why the nominee should receive the award. Nomination deadline is June 30, 2011. Mail, fax, or email completed form and letter to the Committee, C/O South Carolina Center for the Book, P.O. Box 11469, Columbia, SC 29211, 803-734-8676, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literary Arts Advocacy: Irvin Department of Rare Book and Special Collections at USC;
Teaching: Dr. Tom Mack of USC-Aiken;
Writing: Batt Humphreys.
Additional Award for State Library Partnership & Collaboration: Helen Fellers, Coordinator of the USC School of Library and Information Science’s South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy
Literary Arts Advocacy: Free Times;
Teaching: Libby Collins, Dent Middle School;
Writing: Leonard Todd
Literary Arts Advocacy: Beaufort County Arts Council;
Teaching: Eileen Bergreen, Hilton Head Island Middle School;
Writing: Mary Alice Monroe
The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC. The Center is located at the South Carolina State Library at 1430 Senate Street in Columbia.
The LAL Award Ceremony was a great success! Winning students read their letters and received their award checks and plaques. For more information and additional photos, visit the SC State Library’s flickr album. You can also read the winning letters from the award ceremony program.
Visit the State Museum in Columbia, SC, for the 2011 StoryFest SC summer reading kick off!
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