Contact: Diane B. Jones (202) 401-3292

May 15, 1997

Library To Host Live Teleconference of Department of Education's "Satellite Town Meeting" on May 20

In partnership with the Library's Center for the Book, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 1997, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will host a live, interactive teleconference on the topic "Reading Together: Families, Schools, Libraries & Communities." This one-hour discussion, which focuses on how families and communities can help every child read this summer, will be filmed in the Northwest Pavilion of the Library's newly restored Thomas Jefferson Building. The moderators will be Secretary Riley and Carol Rasco, director of the department's "America Reads" challenge program. Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole will describe the renovated Thomas Jefferson Building and the Center for the Book's reading promotion programs, particularly "Building a Nation of Readers."

Secretary Riley's monthly satellite town meetings are broadcast via satellite to thousands of communities nationwide via local cable access stations, the Public Broadcasting System, Channel One, and the Discovery Channel. The satellite town meetings are a project of the Department of Education, the National Alliance of Business, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Workforce Preparation.

For more information, call 1-800-USA-LEARN.

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PR 97-94
ISSN 0731-3527

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