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Richland Public Library Promotes “Letters About Literature” Contest For Students

“Letters About Literature” (LAL) is a reading and writing program for students in grades 4 through 12 and is sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and, here in Iowa, by the Iowa Center for the Book. Participants write a letter to an author who has written a book, poem or speech in any genre that has changed the way they think or feel about themselves or the world.  The letters can be written to authors who are living or deceased.

Some schools and classrooms already participate in this program and interested students should first contact their teachers for further information.  Otherwise the Richland Public Library is happy to assist students in choosing a book, filling out the correct forms and sending in the application forms and letters.  We also encourage students who are home-schooled to participate.

The contest is broken into 3 levels: grades 4 through 6; grades 7 & 8; and grades 9 through 12. Iowa judges will choose winners in all levels and award the following prizes; first place $75, second and third place $50; and Honorable Mentions $25.  Iowa winners will advance to the national competition where judges will select one National winner one Honorable Mention from each level.  National contest winners will receive $1000 and the Honorable Mention will receive $200.

Level 3 entries are due on December 10, 2013 and Level 1 and 2 entries are due on January 10, 2014.  Iowa winners are announced in April; national winners are announced in May.

For more information go to the Iowa Center for the Book’s website: or contact the Richland Public Library at 319-456-6541.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.