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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 25, 2002
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208
David.L.Gray@state.ma.us

Board Announces Student Poster Contest Winners

18 Students Honored at State House Awards Ceremony

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) today announced the winners of the Read Into It library poster contest. Eighteen students from across the Commonwealth were selected from the state's six regional library systems. The Read Into It poster contest was open to students in grades 7 to 12 through their local public or school library. The contest was based on the theme, "What My Library Means to Me."

"Just like the books found in your local library, these posters tell a story," MBLC Director Keith Michael Fiels said. "These students have demonstrated through their poster designs that journeys to unknown lands and faraway places are possible - just by opening a book."

Emily Bawn, a 12th grade student from Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Sudbury, who entered the contest through the Randall Public Library in Stow, was selected as the grandprize winner. Her poster design will be turned into a billboard that will appear throughout Massachusetts.

The other student winners come from the communities of Chicopee, Easthampton, Framingham, Harwich, Hyde Park, Lowell, Lynnfield, North Attleboro, Norwood, Pittsfield, Whitinsville, Whitman and Worcester. Prizes included passes to the Museum of Science, Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Boston Duck Tours and a Boston Breakers soccer game. Each of the five other first place regional finalists will have their poster turned into a newspaper advertisement in their hometown newspaper.

"On behalf of the Board, I want to congratulate the 300 students who entered the Read Into It contest," MBLC Chairman Edward L. Bertorelli said. "The Board would also like to give a special thanks to the librarians in cities and towns across the state for helping to spread the word about this contest."

The library poster contest is part of the MBLC's spring public awareness campaign that will include television, radio, newspaper, billboard advertising, and its Web site (www.mlin.org) where all of the winning posters can be viewed.

"Read Into It" Contest Winners

BOSTON REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

1st place: Raphael Simmons of Hyde Park, 11th grade, West Roxbury High School, Boston
2nd place: Stephanie Fanning of Norwood, 12th grade, St. Clare High School, Boston
3rd place: Susanna Tran of Hyde Park, 12th grade, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Boston

CENTRAL REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

1st place: Marissa Elia of Worcester, 9th grade, Holy Name Jr./Sr. High School, Worcester
2nd place: Kathleen Seibold of Whitinsville, 9th grade, Holy Name Jr./Sr. High School, Worcester
3rd place: Shannon Coughlin of Worcester, 11th grade, Holy Name Jr./Sr. High School, Worcester

METROWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

1st place: Emily Bawn of Stow, 12th grader, Randall Library, Stow
2nd place: Brandon Christensen of North Attleboro, 9th grade, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, Franklin
3rd place: Daniel P. Cleveland of Framingham, 9th grader, Christa Corrrigan McAuliffe Library, Framingham

NORTHEAST REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

1st place: Amy Covey of Lynnfield, 11th grade, Lynnfield High School 2nd place: Andrea Hadjikyriacou of Lowell, 7th grade, Bartlett Middle School, Lowell
3rd place: Cindy Vann of Lowell, 7th grade, Bartlett Middle School, Lowell

SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM

1st place: Lilia Nickerson of Harwich, 10th grade, Chatham High School 2nd place: Ashley Mahoney of Whitman, 8th grade, Whitman Middle School
3nd place: Brittany Willey of Whitman, 8th grade, Whitman Middle School

WESTERN REGIONAL LIBRARY SYTEM

1st place: Emily M. Flynn of Pittsfield, 9th grade, Taconic High School, Pittsfield
2nd place: Kafele Marcelin of Easthampton, 8th grader, Emily Williamstown Library, Easthampton
3rd place: Francisco L. Bueno of Chicopee, 8th grade, Edward Bellany Middle School, Chico

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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