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AYER — The Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) announced the winners of the Commonwealth’s “Letters About Literature” program. Ginger Gamelin and Tori Smiraglia, both fifth graders at Ayer Middle School, received Honorable Mentions in Level I of the Massachusetts program and Samuel Mrakovich, a junior at Ayer High School, received an Honorable Mention in Level III. State Senator Pamela Resor and state Representative Robert Hargraves presented citations to the students, in recognition of their achievements.

The MCB held the award ceremony at the state house on April 5 to honor fifty students chosen for recognition this year. A standing-room-only crowd of students, teachers, librarians and state legislators gathered to honor the award winners as exceptional Massachusetts student writers. The ceremony was held as part of the Massachusetts Library Association’s Library Legislative Day.

MCB each year invites readers in Grades 4 through 12 to write personal letters to authors, explaining how their work has changed or augmented the students’ views of the world or of themselves. MCB presents the Letters About Literature program with sponsorship from the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athen um, and in cooperation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target stores, national sponsors of the program. Houghton Mifflin Co. and the Massachusetts Library Association also support the state program.

Senate President Robert E. Travaglini and Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll welcomed the audience to the awards event and congratulated the winners. They were introduced by Sharon Shaloo, executive director of the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and Elia Marnik, MCB board chairman.

MCB each year invites readers in Grades 4 through 12 to write personal letters to authors, explaining how their work has changed or augmented the students’ views of the world or of themselves. MCB presents the “Letters about Literature” program with sponsorship from the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenaeum, and in cooperation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target stores, national sponsors of the program. Houghton Mifflin Co. and the Massachusetts Library Association also support the state program.

This year’s judges, who also included two Massachusetts authors, Andrew Clements and Irene Smalls, recognized achievements in each of the three age-level categories. The top honors letters represent Massachusetts in the national awards program.

Read more about the program and view the exceptional letters written by this year’s award winners at www.massbook.org, the Web site of the Massachusetts Center for the Book, which also offers information about other center programs.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book, the Commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, promotes books, reading, literacy, and libraries. MCB is funded by a partnership among the Boston Athen um, Boston Public Library, Hampshire College, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and Simmons College, with additional support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. With offices on the campuses of Hampshire and Simmons Colleges, MCB supports statewide programming to expand the circle of Massachusetts readers.

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