Wyoming Center for the Book

A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR STUDENT ENTRIES IN NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST

NEW: Teacher Resources



The Wyoming Center for the Book invites young readers to submit their entries to Letters About Literature (LAL), a national writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target, are now being accepted.

To enter, students write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author's work somehow changed the student's view of the world or of himself/herself. There are three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2, grades 7-8; and Level 3, grades 9-12. Winners on the state level each receive a cash award as well as a $50 Target GiftCard. Six national finalists and their parents will travel to Washington, D. C., courtesy of Target, where the finalists will read their letters during the National Book Festival in the fall of 2007. The national winners also receive a $500 Target GiftCard.

All entries must be received by December 8, 2006. Students may submit their letters individually, or teachers may choose to have their classrooms participate. Guidelines, entry forms and teacher resources are available on the Wyoming Center for the Book web site at http://will.state.wy.us/wcb/letters.html. New this year is a teacher's guide that includes lesson plans, blackline masters, and assessment checklists, as well as information on how Letters About Literature supports national language arts standards.

Teachers, students and parents may also contact Tina Lackey, Wyoming Center for the Book coordinator at tlacke@state.wy.us or 307-777-6338 for materials and information.

Target sponsors Letters About Literature as part of its national reading initiative, "Ready. Sit. Read!," which is aimed at fostering a love of reading among children at an early age. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

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. For information about its activities and national reading promotion networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.

The Wyoming Center for the Book, established in 1995, is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. For more information about the Wyoming Center, visit http://will.state.wy.us/wcb or contact Vittitow at 307-777-6338, tlacke@state.wy.us.

Last Updated 8/21/06