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Literature and Electronic Text Resources

March 31, 2014 by pjorgensen

This section of our site has been discontinued.

Tagged in: literature, authors, writing, poets, poetry, e-texts, book, books, ebooks, electronic books, quotes, quotations, reading groups, book groups,
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Gere Books Talk - November 14, 2011

November 21, 2011 by Webmaster

Write? Right!

PodcastListen now - 82:40, 37.8 MB

fountain penScott talks about books and other tools for aspiring writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Scott’s complete booklist based on this talk is also available.

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Tagged in: podcast, podcasts, books, book talks, writing, writers, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo,
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What Is the Story Here?

July 28, 2008 by Webmaster

These story bits were created by teens at Gere Library's "What's the Story Here" writing workshop. We started using random pictures, and then worked on character development. Then we used that character to begin a story, focusing on how the character's conflict would drive the plot.

[photo of pencil] We had great fun trying out our character's voices, and reading and workshopping our attempts with each other. The results are merely a snippet of an entire story - a little window into what might be created. Each author has chosen a  pseudonym to protect his or her cool teen identity.

We hope you enjoy our efforts.

Tagged in: writing, creative writing, teen, teens, stories,
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Letters About Literature

October 11, 2007 by pjorgensen

Library of Congress Sponsors National Reading and Writing Contest for Young Readers

  • State and National Winners Will Be Selected
  • National Winners Will Earn a $10,000 Reading Promotion Grant for their Community School Library

Letters about Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program for young readers in grades 4 through 12, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with Target. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Young readers can select authors from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The contest is sponsored in Nebraska by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Commission, Houchen Bindery Ltd., and Lee Booksellers.

Judges representing the Nebraska Center for the Book will select the top essayists in the state on three competition levels: Level I for young readers in grades 4 through 6, Level II for grade 7 and 8 readers, and Level III for readers in grades 9 through 12. Entries in each state will be assessed on three criteria: content, or the writer’s achievement in addressing the contest theme; exposition, or the writer’s use of language skills; and voice, the writer’s style and originality of expression.   


State winners will receive a $50 Target Gift Card. Each state winner will then advance to the national competition.  A panel of judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will then select six national winners (two per competition level) and twelve national runners-up (four per competition level). Each national winner will receive a $500 Target Gift Card. In addition, they will win a Reading Promotion Grant of $10,000 for their school or community library. National winners will be instrumental in deciding how the library funds will be spent.  The 12 national runners-up will win a $100 Target Gift Card, plus they will win a Reading Promotion Grant of $1,000 for their school or community library.


The required entry coupon and a copy of the “how to enter” guidelines are available at Contact for free teaching materials (including lesson plans, blackline masters, writing samples, and assessment checklists) for schools, libraries, and home school partnerships. Deadline for entries is December 14, 2007.

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