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August 28, 1995

Library of Congress/Head Start Museum Partnership To Continue with Workshops in Texas, Arizona and Colorado

John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book, announced today the continuation of the center's cooperative project with the Head Start Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services. "We are delighted with this vote of confidence from Head Start officials," he said. "The continuation of the project in 1995-96 will enable us to reach Head Start teachers, librarians who serve children, and museum specialists in rural areas throughout the Southwest."

Library-Head Start-Museum workshops will be hosted by the Texas Center for the Book (Austin, Dec. 7-8, 1995); the Arizona Center for the Book (Phoenix, Feb. 29-March 1, 1996); and the Colorado Center for the Book (Denver, Sept. 5-6, 1996).

The Library-Head Start-Museum Partnership Project, which began in 1992, brings libraries, Head Start programs, and museums together at the community level to promote family literacy and reading. Virginia H. Mathews is national project coordinator. Since 1993, more than 350 individuals have participated in workshops hosted by state centers for the book in California, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, and Virginia.

Developed in cooperation with the Association of Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the project emphasizes the importance of sharing local resources in fostering a love of learning among children and young people. The Association of Youth Museums is the principal partnership link to museums.

For further information, write Head Start Project, Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-8200.

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PR 95-119
ISSN 0731-3527

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