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May 27, 2010

Audio Versions of “The Exquisite Corpse Adventure” Now Available

Provided by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has provided audio recordings for all the episodes of "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure," the rollicking episodic story available exclusively at Read.gov. These podcasts enhance the accessibility of this story, which is being created by some of America’s finest writers and illustrators for young people. Read.gov is a website of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

"We were pleased to work with the Center for the Book on this exciting, fun and worthwhile project," said Frank Kurt Cylke, director of NLS, which is a part of the Library of Congress. "This exciting and unpredictable story is now accessible for all to enjoy."

"The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" is a project of the Center for the Book and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org (external link)). The NCBLA, in collaboration with the Butler Center for Children’s Literature at Dominican University, also offers an online educational resource center on its website to accompany "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure."

In other "Exquisite Corpse" news, the results of the Name the Mystery Author Contest have been announced. The author is young people’s favorite Jack Gantos, who writes the Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series, among others. The winning school, the Will Rogers Middle School in Lawndale, Calif., will receive a collection of books valued at more than $500, plus a phone call from Gantos himself. Gantos will pen the next-to-last episode of "The Exquisite Corpse," which will be available at Read.gov on Friday, Sept. 10. The final episode, No. 27, will make its debut when it is read by its author, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson (www.read.go/cfb/ambassador/index.html), at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Children’s pavilion at the National Book Festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest/).

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. The services of NLS are available to any resident of the United States or American citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use standard print materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/nls/ or call (202) 707-5100; toll-free (888) 657-7323; TDD (202) 707-0744; fax (202) 707-0712.

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook/) was established by Congress in 1977 "to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries." With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center also administers the Library’s new Young Readers Center.

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (www.thencbla.org (external link)) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit education and advocacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. The NCBLA acts as a freelance, nonpartisan advocate, creating and developing special projects and events that promote literacy, literature, libraries, humanities, and the arts; educating the public about practical literacy and education solutions; and ensuring young people’s right to read. The NCBLA’s latest project, "Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out," is an award-winning book for young people designed as an engaging solution to help confront historical illiteracy.

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PR 10-129
05/27/10
ISSN 0731-3527

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