[kids-lib] Willamette Writers Will Coordinate Oregon's Letters About Literature Program

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Fri Jul 10 14:52:38 PDT 2015

Please pardon the cross-posting.

If you read LTLO<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/publications.aspx>, the State Library's newsletter, you know that Willamette Writers has adopted Oregon's Letters About Literature program. (Thanks, Willamette Writers!) The way students enter the contest will not change. That's because students always send entries to the national Letters About Literature coordinator, per the directions on the annual entry form. I will help Willamette Writers promote the program on Oregon library listservs.

Here's the information I shared in the July<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOJul2015/Jul2015LTLO.html> LTLO:

As you probably know<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LTLO/LTLOMay2015/May2015LTLO.html> by now, this was the last year for staff at the State Library to coordinate Oregon's participation in the national Letters About Literature program<http://www.read.gov/letters/>. Staff reached out to a few organizations about adopting the reading and writing contest, and Willamette Writers<http://willamettewriters.com/> agreed to take it on. Thanks to their board for that decision! Here's a bit<http://willamettewriters.com/about-us/> about their organization: "Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in Oregon and one of the largest in the United States. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers are invited to join."

What does this mean for Oregon 4th - 12th graders, educators, and library staff who want to participate in Letters About Literature next school year? Since students' letters are sent directly to the national coordinator at the Library of Congress, that part will not change. Entries are usually due in December or January, and information will be posted on the State Library's<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx> and Willamette Writers'<http://willamettewriters.com/> websites in the fall. However, folks from Willamette Writers will coordinate judging of Oregon letters that make it through the national screening, and they will determine how best to honor those being recognized in Oregon. Jen Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the State Library, will work closely with Blythe Ayne<http://willamettewriters.com/author/blythe_ayne/>, the Awards and Writing Contests Director for Willamette Writers, to pave the way for a smooth transition. If you have questions, please email<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us> Jen, or call her at 503-378-5011. Look for more info around late September. Thanks very much to Willamette Writers for guaranteeing that Letters About Literature will continue in Oregon.
More about Letters About Literature:


If you have questions, please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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