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October 28, 1993

Library of Congress's "Books Change Lives" Campaign Honors Childhood Books

Four new 29-cent stamps featuring the favorite childhood books of millions of Americans were issued by the U.S. Postal Service on October 23. The books, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and Little House on the Prairie, also are featured in a poster released on the same day by the Postal Service and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

John Y. Cole, the center's director, was a speaker in a special first day issue ceremony that was held at the annual conference of Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) in Louisville, Ky. The other speakers were Mrs. LeGree Daniels of the U.S. Postal Service Board, LVA adult learner Heidi LePore, and LVA national spokesperson Wally "Famous" Amos. Both the Postal Service and LVA are national reading promotion partners of the Library of Congress and its Center for the Book.

The colorful 2-by-3-foot poster, which marks the Postal Service's participation in the Library's "Books Change Lives" national reading campaign, will be distributed to post offices, libraries, schools, and the Center for the Book's network of affiliated state centers and national reading promotion partners. It depicts the four stamps under the slogan "CURL UP WITH A GOOD STAMP" and concludes with the message: "Discover the Wonderful World of Reading Books and Saving Stamps."

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PR 93-136
ISSN 0731-3527

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