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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Board Announces Statewide Poster Contest for Students in Grades 7 to 12

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners today announced a statewide youth poster contest, Read Into It, for students in grades 7 to 12. The contest will run from February 25 through March 22, 2002 with entries submitted on the theme, "What your library means to you."

"Libraries are an 'open book' of information and allow us to explore the worlds of medicine, technology, culture and fiction at our own speed," said Keith Michael Fiels, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Director. "It is the Board's hope that this contest will give students the chance to develop their understanding of the library and all it has to offer."

The Read Into It poster contest is the first part of the Board's spring public awareness campaign that will include television, radio, outdoor public service announcements and a Web site. Students can visit their public or school library or access instructions online at www.mlin.lib.ma.us. A total of 18 winners will be chosen from regions across the state. All winners will receive prizes, including the top five winners having their poster turned into a newspaper advertisement and the grand prizewinner having their poster turned into a 12' by 25' billboard.

"Our youngsters are often our best communicators," said Ed Bertorelli, Board Chairman. "We look forward to learning how our younger generation perceives their library."

The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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