[library-media] For-Picturing America

Donna Morris dmorris at utah.gov
Sun Jan 18 21:47:55 MST 2009


Congratulations to the many Utah awardees see the following for list of schools and public libraries:
http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/public_awards.php 
 
The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release can be viewed on the agency's Web site at http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/011609b.shtm 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2009
Press Contacts
202-653-4632
 
Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth at imls.gov 
Mamie Bittner, mbittner at imls.gov 
 
Picturing America Kits Awarded to Nearly 1,300 Public Libraries
 
Washington, DC-Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is pleased to announce that 1,288 public libraries have just been selected to receive Picturing America, a free kit of teaching resources. Picturing America, presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with IMLS and others,* provides high-quality reproductions of great American art to public libraries and K-12 schools to enhance the study of history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics.
 
"Public libraries are ideal homes for Picturing America. Through this nationwide library network, all people will have access to American art that can teach us so much," said Radice, noting that since the program began in 2008, more than 3,500 public libraries have received Picturing America. 
 
In the spring, awardees will receive:
* forty large, high-quality color reproductions of the selected masterpieces (24" x 36"); 
* a comprehensive teacher's resource book providing a wide range of ideas and background information to support educators using the works of art in core subject areas; and 
* lesson plans and additional resources available through the Picturing America Web site, http://PicturingAmerica.neh.gov 
 
Public libraries were among the 29,086 Picturing America recipients from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. Picturing America has now been awarded to a total of 56,000 schools and public libraries, incorporating approximately one third of all K-12 schools and public libraries in the United States. This figure includes major school districts, home school consortia, and Head Start centers. IMLS's support of this partnership will help to build the capacity of public and school librarians to use the Picturing America materials in a variety of programs for the benefit of their communities.
 
 
 
 
Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris at utah.gov 
 
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