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Student readers invited to enter “Letters About Literature in Illinois” competition

State Sen. Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) joins Secretary of State and State librarian Jesse White to invite students in grades four to 12 to enter a statewide reading and writing competition known as “Letters About Literature in Illinois,” offered by the Illinois State Library’s Illinois Center for the Book.

To participate, students must read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world.

There are three levels of participation: Level 1 for grades four to six, Level 2 for grades seven to eight and Level 3 for grades nine through 12.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 15. Students can enter on their own or through their school, local library or other youth organization.

One winner will be selected from each group to receive a cash award and a plaque signed by White.

Teachers of the winning students will receive a certificate and a cash award for their school to purchase books for the library.

Winners will be formally announced in May 2021. All runners-up will receive certificates in May prior to the end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

For more information, contact competition coordinator Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.gov.

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