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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: February 27, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208
celeste.bruno@state.ma.us


Author Lois Lowry Supports Library License Plates

George Clark met well-known author Lois Lowry as part of the Library License Plate Contest. They are holding a copy of the World of Possibilities License Plate which will benefit libraries.

George Clark met well-known author Lois Lowry as part of the Library License Plate Contest. They are holding a copy of the World of Possibilities License Plate which will benefit libraries.

Library license plate winner George Clark recently met with award winning author Lois Lowry in Harvard Square. “It’s an honor,” said Mr. Clark. “I’m a librarian and I love the concept of libraries benefitting from the license plate, so of course I signed up for one,” he added. Clark is an Environmental Research Librarian and Government Information Services Manager at Harvard University’s Lamont Library.

Lowry, best known as the author of Newberry Medal winners The Giver and Number the Stars, will be dedicating her next book to Clark’s children and to librarians. “I spend so much of my time in libraries, it’s the least I could do,” she said.

Clark was one of the first people to sign up for the World of Possibilities library license plate and as such was entered into a contest in which the winners met authors Lois Lowry and Gregory Maguire. Last month winner Gerri Fegan met Wicked author Gregory Maguire in his home.

Representatives from libraries across the state worked together to create the library license plate which they hope will raise a continuous revenue stream with all proceeds benefitting public, academic, special and school libraries across the state that belong to a Regional Library System.

Winner of the License Plate contest Gerri Fegan met well known author Gregory Maguire at his home. Maguire, well known author of Wicked, will dedicate his next book to Gerri

Winner of the License Plate contest Gerri Fegan met well known author Gregory Maguire at his home. Maguire, well known author of Wicked, will dedicate his next book to Gerri.

Three thousand people need to sign up for the plate before the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin production. Three thousand license plates will generate $84,000 in funds for libraries. But license plates supporters point out that other non-profit groups have surpassed 49,000 plate orders which translates into more than one million dollars for their group every two years.

Those interested in filling out an application for a library license plate may do so at http://mblc.state.ma.us/advisory/public-relations/files/plate_application.pdf . It is not necessary to submit payment with the application. All applications received by March 21, 2009 will be automatically entered into a drawing for a FREE Mass. Library Association Conference Registration (May 5-8, 2009; A value of up to $ 350.00). No meals or overnight accommodations are included.

About MBLC

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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