STATE LIBRARY COORDINATES POETRY BOOKS GIVEAWAY -- 04/25/2006
Office of State LibraryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2006
STATE LIBRARY COORDINATES POETRY BOOKS GIVEAWAY
Successful Effort Extended Into May
This month, the State Library of Louisiana has partnered with The American Poetry & Literacy Project to distribute thousands of poetry books to Louisiana citizens. The books are offered free to children and adults at programs sponsored by public libraries and schools in Caddo, Calcasieu and Jefferson parishes as a part of National Poetry Month. Additional copies will be added to the circulating collections of public libraries in every parish of Louisiana.
"We were pleased to coordinate this effort on behalf of our library partners throughout the state," said Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. This project will promote reading, literacy and the joy of books to all citizens of Louisiana."
State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton noted, "This celebration of National Poetry Month will provide hours of enjoyment, recreation, contemplation and perhaps inspire a new Louisiana poet."
The effort has been so successful that it has been extended into May. Distribution will continue until all books have been given away.
The State Library is one of Louisiana's greatest resources for research information, government documents, genealogical data, special format materials, audio books and much more. Its mission is to build an informed, literate and democratic society by ensuring access to informational, cultural and recreational resources, especially those unique to Louisiana.
The American Poetry & Literacy Project is a national, non-profit organization created by the late Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky and a young author named Andrew Carroll. Brodsky, who was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and later served as the U.S. Poet Laureate, championed the idea that poetry should be made accessible to all Americans. Since it was created in 1993, the APL Project has distributed more than 1,000,000 free, brand new poetry books in schools, hotels, subway and train stations, hospitals, jury waiting rooms, supermarkets, truck stops, day-care centers, airports, zoos, and other public venues nationwide. The purpose of these giveaways is to put poetry directly into the hands of people from all walks of life in hopes that they will read, enjoy, and share these free books.
For more information about the poetry books giveaway or the State Library of Louisiana, contact Dorothy White at (225) 342-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.