21st Annual Massachusetts Letters About Literature Awards Announces

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Adaeze Lenora Anyaosah, of Brookline, received Level 3 honors for her participation in the 21st Annual Massachusetts Letters About Literature Program.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book announced Top 2021 Honor and Honors Student Writers in its flagship youth program. This reading and writing initiative invites students in Grades 4 to 12 to write letters to authors about books that have left their mark on them. The honored students were celebrated in a virtual awards ceremony on May 19.

The Center receives thousands of letters from all corners of the Commonwealth each year. Top Honor and Honors students make up the top 1% of this year’s applications for Massachusetts’ 21st Annual Program.

Senator Edward J. Kennedy, 1st Middlesex, Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, the Arts and Cultural Development, provided a legislative welcome to the students, families and teachers in attendance. Addressing the students, Kennedy referred to the Massachusetts Constitution and its connection between the written word and civil society.

“It’s my job to support writing; not just the words of the authors in the books you speak of, but also your words, for writing, at its best, spreads the wisdom, knowledge and virtue that are necessary for a just and equal world, ”Kennedy said . “Considering the power of your letters, I am optimistic about our future.”

Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director of the Center, echoed Kennedy’s tribute, acknowledging the articulate and powerful reflections of the students.

“This program is at the heart of our mission,” Shaloo said. “,

The Massachusetts Center for the Book, accredited as a Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of book and reading and improves the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

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