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Letter to Libraries Online
A Monthly Newsletter
from the Oregon State Library
State Library Board Met in Salem
The State Library Board met at the State Library in Salem on Thursday, December 13th for their strategic planning meeting, and Friday, December 14th for their regularly scheduled Board meeting. During the strategic planning meeting, the Board discussed the 2013-15 Governor's Balanced Budget (Governor's Recommended Budget) and the State Library reorganization. At the meeting on Friday, the Board approved appeals from Wilsonville Public Library and Lake County Libraries, who were not on the list to be awarded LSTA grants due to a missed deadline. Both libraries have been approved to receive 2012-13 LSTA grants.
Announcing the 2013 State Library Spring Lecture Series
February 6, Linda Tamura presents, Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River.
March 20, Kimberly Jensen presents, The Life and Activism of Oregon's Esther Pohl Lovejoy.
Reminder: Letters About Literature Contest Entries Due January 11th
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students write letters to an author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three competition levels: Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-10th graders. Oregon's three winners -- one from each competition level -- will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines are available online. All entries must be postmarked January 11, 2013. In 2012 over 800 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 11 of them received cash prizes or bookstore gift certificates. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association, Oregon Association of School Libraries, and the Oregon Library Association's Children’s Services Division and Young Adult network. Please visit the website for more information or contact Jennifer Maurer, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon.
State Library Closed on State Furlough Days
Due to state budget cuts, the Oregon State Library will be closed on Friday, January 18, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience. For your reference, we have included the closure day schedule through the rest of this biennium (not including holidays): Friday, April 19, 2013; Friday, May 24, 2013.
Oregon State Library
Government Research Services Manager: 503-378-5030, Margie Harrison.
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