Young readers invited to write to favorite authors
Submission deadline: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program.
The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic) explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s life or view of the world.
This is the first year for online submissions. The 26th annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with the South Carolina Center for the Book and the South Carolina State Library with financial support from the South Carolina State Library Foundation.
Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The South Carolina Center for the Book’s panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state. Their winning letters will be published online at the South Carolina Center for the Book’s website and advance to the national judging.
South Carolina winners will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place in each level. For more information, online submissions, and entry forms
, please visit www.read.gov/letters
The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2019.
About the S.C. State Library
The South Carolina State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. The Library serves the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. It is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources. For more information, please visit statelibrary.sc.gov
or call 803.734.8666.
South Carolina State Library unveils new ReadSC website
The South Carolina State Library has launched a newly redesigned ReadSC.org, the website for the South Carolina Center for the Book. The new site has an easy-to-navigate menu bar and provides keyword searching of its website pages.
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 1500 Senate, Columbia, S.C., in the State Library. The Center officially began in 1996.
ReadSC.org celebrates South Carolina’s rich literary heritage and brings public attention to the importance of books, writers and reading. The website provides information about literary events and projects such as Letters About Literature, an annual student writing contest sponsored by the State Library, Center for the Book, and State Library Foundation.
For more information about ReadSC.org, contact Dr. Curtis R. Rogers, coordinator of the South Carolina Center for the Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-734-8928.