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The Children's Village | Dobbs Ferry, NY

[Recipient of the $10,000 PageTurner Par Excellence Award]

James made a visit to the two-time winner of the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, the Children's Village, in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Even the TV news showed up to see James speak to students about the importance of reading.

[Recipient of the $10,000 PageTurner Par Excellence Award]

In 1996, Dolly Parton and friends started the Imagination Library as a way to help get books into the hands of local children in Tennessee. Over 10 years later, the organization has grown to encompass all counties in the state of Tennessee, as well as over 600 cities in 40 different states. In 2006, the Imagination Library became international, with the opening of the Dollywood Foundation of Canada. Also in 2006, over three million books were shipped out, serving about 330,000 individual kids each month. Dolly even released her own cookbook recently, with all the proceeds going to the foundation!

The official website includes videos, songs, merchandise, and even details on how to set up an imagination library in your home town. Click here to learn more!

826 National | San Francisco, CA

[Recipient of the $50,000 PageTurner Champion Award]

Co-founded by author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What), 826 National offers free tutoring, workshops, and in-school programs to students across the country. Based out of San Francisco, they now have seven locations nationwide, ranging from Los Angeles to New York City. The organization is also known for having fun and successful fundraisers, incorporating music and live comedy from the likes of Jon Stewart, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller.

Click here to see the official 826 National video and learn more about their mission.

Or, you can visit the official website at www.826national.org and find out how to be a volunteer!

[Recipient of the $10,000 PageTurner Par Excellence Award]

In just under 10 years, former Vermont librarian Pam Shelton and her Botswana Book Project have distributed over 300,000 books throughout Botswana, Africa. Pam works endlessly to set up libraries and workshops, provide free books and literacy materials to schools, and is currently trying to secure a permanent Book Project storage facility for the people of Botswana. On March 2nd, the most recent shipment of books arrived, giving over 500 local schools and children the gift of reading.

To learn more about Pam's cause, and to find out how you can help, visit her website at http://botswanabookproject.org.

[Recipient of the $100,000 PageTurner of the Year Award]

2007 is shaping up to be a big year for the Washington Center for the Book. Not only were they awarded the $100,000 James Patterson PageTurner of the Year award, but thier annual Seattle Reads program is already under way. The events, which include book group discussions, film viewings and even a dance performance, all are free and open to the public. This year, participants will be reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, with a scheduled appearance by Ms. Lahiri set for May 14th. Click here to see a detailed list of events and location information

To learn more about the Washington Center for the Book, please visit the 2006 Winners page.

2005 Winners Spotlight:

Litquake | San Francisco, CA

[Recipient of the $25,000 PageTurner Of The Year award]

Litquake, an annual literary festival held in San Francisco, California, highlights the wilder side of the literary world by creating readings, discussion panels and hosting various themed events. This year's festival will take place October 6th-14th and thanks to winning the James Patterson PageTurner award, there will be even more live events to choose from! It kicks off with local musicians performing at Between the Bridges and ends with a Lit Crawl that takes participants on a trip to over 30 downtown venues. Please go to www.litquake.org for more information, and see the full schedule of events.

[Recipient of the $5,000 PageTurner Par Excellence award]

Not only does the Denver Public Library have over 12,770 various programs for children and teens, including school visits, story times and library events, but they offer programs that are open to children and young adults from low income families.

You can visit the library's main page here. You can also read about the many fantastic programs that earned this library the PageTurner Award- Outreach Storytime and After School is Cool – by clicking this link

[Recipient of the $1,000 PageTurner award]

The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, located on the Perkins School for the Blind campus, is funded in part by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Library provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability. The Perkins Library has been affiliated with the Library of Congress National Library Service network of cooperating libraries since the beginning of the Talking Book Program in 1931.

More than 800,000 volumes of recorded books, 15,000 braille titles and 100 cassettes and braille magazine genres and topics are circulated annually by Perkins. Working on both a walk-in and mail-order system, the Library serves patrons as young as seven months and as old as 109 years.

Click here to find more details about the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library program.

Reach Out and Read | Somerville, MA

[Recipient of the $5,000 PageTurner Par Excellence award]

Reach Out and Read is dedicated to training doctors and nurses to provide information to new parents about the developmental importance of reading aloud to young children. Now, Reach Out and Read is a nationwide initiative, with programs in all fifty states. Founder Dr. Klass once wrote: "When I think about children growing up in homes without books, I have the same visceral reaction as I have when I think of children in homes without milk or food or heat: It cannot be, it must not be."

Click here to find details about the Reach Out and Read program, and see how you can get involved!

[Recipient of the $25,000 PageTurner School of the Year award]

The Dallas County Community Colleges will be kicking off their annual African American Read-In program this Saturday, February 4th. This citywide free program has provided books, book bags, bookmarks, and reading opportunities to more than 100,000 children and adults since it started.

Click here to find details about the 2006 Read-In, and see why their dedication and hard work to get people reading made them a winner!

[Recipient of the $5,000 PageTurner Par Excellence award]

Since 1989, the Family Literacy Foundation has helped more than 171,000 people experience the magic of reading aloud, with the help of youth and adult volunteers who have contributed more than 168,000 hours. Visit their site to see more about why this foundation received a $5,000 James Patterson PageTurner award! Also, check out the touching video about their United Through Reading Program which aims to keep deployed parents in the military connected with their children by organizing read-a-long videos.

[Recipient of the $5,000 PageTurner Par Excellence award]

Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) forward Chris Webber reached thousands of in need youth and their families this holiday season in Sacramento, Calif., Detroit, Mich., Philadelphia, Penn., and Atlanta, Georgia. The holiday activities and events were made possible by Webber, the Webber Family, The Chris Webber Foundation and partnerships with other community based organizations.

Click here to see the full story about the foundation, and what they are doing to promote the excitement of reading!

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