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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department, State House, Boston, MA 02133 (617) 725-4000 Governor Deval L. Patrick

Governor Patrick and Local Leaders Celebrate Black History Month With Gift of Books for Libraries - Massachusetts Libraries to Receive $25,000 for books

BOSTON- Thursday, February 22, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today joined Shaw's President Carl L. Jablonski and several other local leaders to mark Black History Month with a literary donation at the Boston Public Library's Dudley Branch.

Shaw's supermarkets presented the $25,000 check to Massachusetts Libraries to help the libraries in Boston, Fall River, New Bedford and Worcester buy books and educational materials to enrich their African-American history collections. Shaw's partner in the donation is the Coca-Cola Co. In addition, Boston Public Library President Bernard Margolis has agreed to match the donation to the Dudley Branch in Roxbury to bolster collections in several other branches.

"It is important to remember that Black history is American history - and this gift will allow the children of our communities an opportunity to discover their heritage and find new heroes in literature, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the year," said Governor Patrick.

Festivities began with peer reading sessions with teens reading to dozens of youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury and Project Listen/Freedom House. The event was emceed by Ron Bell, director of the governor's Public Liaison Office. The speaking program included remarks from Governor Patrick, Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, Rep. Gloria Fox, Shaw's President Jablonski and BPL President Margolis.

"Shaw's and Coca Cola are making this donation to honor Black History Month because it provides an opportunity to all of us to celebrate the many significant contributions that African Americans have made to our country and here in Massachusetts," said Jablonski, president of the West Bridgewater-based supermarket chain. "Why books? The libraries around the Commonwealth serve such an important purpose in our lives and in communities. With this donation, this month-long celebration can be enjoyed and shared with thousands of others - all year long."

Shaw's also provided free copies of Patricia McKissack's Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship, illustrated by Sanna Stanley, for the children who attended.

Similar events will be held Monday at the Fall River Public Library and New Bedford Free Public Library and Tuesday at the Worcester Public Library.

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