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Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of Letters About Literature.

Letters About Literature. Ohio submissions for this year's Letters About Literature (LAL) contest totaled over 1,280. Students from more than 69 Ohio counties entered. After national-level judging, OCFB received 258 letters to judge. 

This year an effort was made to forward copies of the letters students had dedicated to their respective author.  More than 12 students (as of this writing) have received responses; they include Lois Lowry, who responded by sending a letter, and Maya Angelou who responded by sending a poem.

Each of the 258 students who entered the contest and the sponsoring teachers, received a special certificate from LAL contest coordinator, Timothy Phillips, Subject Department Librarian, Literature Department/Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library.  Click on "Read More" to see the names of the judges for this year's contest.

2014 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST WINNERS: 

LEVEL I
AASMA COZART (6th Grade: Cleveland, Birchwood School)
First Place Winner - Letter to Philip Pullman concerning his book, "The Firework-Maker’s Daughter"

SIHAM MOUSSA (5th Grade: Cleveland, Birchwood School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Pearl S. Buck concerning her book, "The Big Wave"

JACK SCHNELZER (6th Grade: Wadsworth, Central Intermediate School)
Level I Third Place Winner - Letter to Jean Craighead George concerning her book, "My Side of the Mountain"

LEVEL II
GABRIELLA SCHNAIDT (8th Grade: Granville, Granville Middle School )
First Place Winner - Letter to Patrick Ness concerning his book, "A Monster Calls"

JACKSON DeVAULT (8th Grade: Berlin Heights, Edison Middle School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Wilson Rawls concerning his book, Where the Red Fern Grows

CHRISTINE ADEYEMI  (8th Grade: Worthington, Worthingway Middle School)
Third Place Winner - Letter to Kathy J. Parenteau concerning her poem, “Remember Me”

LEVEL III
DAVID SCHERER (12th Grade: Westerville North High School)
First Place Winner - Letter to J.D. Salinger concerning his book, "The Catcher in the Rye"

MEGAN BLACKWELL (12th Grade: Conneaut, Conneaut High School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Rick Yancey concerning his book, "The 5th Wave"

QUINTON CURRIER (11th Grade: Boardman, Boardman High School)
Third Place Winner - Letter to Neal Shusterman concerning his book, "The Schwa was Here"

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Join us as we celebrate the second annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

We are pleased and honored to be welcoming the Midwest's National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee as our special guest. 

Meet us at Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland at noon as we take to the streets and distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems. Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured.  Click the image to the left to see more details about the day's events.

Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? View, print, and share the poems in your community.  Send pictures and stories to us at ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org

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By OCB Staff on

April is National Poetry Month.  Initiated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this month-long celebration of poetry began as an effort to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. Each year in April schools, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and poets participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other special events.   

Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library is helping highlight poetry’s vital impact and relevance in American culture by hosting fun and inspirational events like . . .

EVENTS AT CPL, MAIN LIBRARY

Cleveland Public Poetry
: Join us for an open mic poetry reading featuring guest poet Kazim Ali
Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 12:00 p.m
Ohio Center for the Book / Literature Department, 2nd floor

Special Event: Poetry Reading with George Bilgere
Join us for a reading by our special guest award-winning poet, George Bilgere, winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, and numerous others. Copies of Mr. Gilgere’s sixth volume of poetry, Imperial, will be on sale at the event.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 • 12:00 p.m.
Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing lobby, lower level

Ohio Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Special guest, National Student Poet, Sojourner Ahebee provides a brief reading of her work. Afterward, everyone is invited to join us as we hit the streets to distribute pocket poems throughout downtown Cleveland.  View, print, and share the pocket poems by clicking here.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 • 12:00 p.m.
Ohio Center for the Book / Literature Department, 2nd floor

Want more to explore for National Poetry Month?  Click on “Read More” for a list of events at CPL Branches, and for a webography of great poetry resources for children and teens. Visit Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book for updates (and be sure to "like" us on Facebook) on all the events schduled for April 2014.

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