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Books Needed

Thursday, March 16, 2006 at
The Cincinnati Museum Center
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
16th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee for Literacy

Donations of books are needed to be given away at the Spelling Bee as prizes
for contestants, sponsors, audience members and volunteers. We will look for
groupings of books (for example: historical mystery authors, autographed
books published in 2005, a complete set of books by a particular author,
etc….) that we can bundle for prizes, in addition to giving away
individual books as door prizes.

Spelling Bee participants are from corporate teams (most of the local media
outlets have a Bee team), as well as companies like P&G, Chiquita, General
Electric, and University of Cincinnati. The Spelling Bee is one of the
largest fundraisers for the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.

The Literacy Network acts as an umbrella agency for over 60 sites in Greater
Cincinnati where adults may go to improve their basic education and literacy
skills. The Network provides free Adult and Children’s Basic Reading
Classes for people with profound reading disabilities and a Tutor Training
program for volunteers interested in working with adults. Also, the Literacy
Network offers the Cincinnati Reads program, which recruits and trains
reading tutors to work one-on-one with K-4th grade students in the
Cincinnati Public Schools.

Additional books not given away at the Spelling Bee will be used as
Appreciation gifts for the volunteer tutors. Contacts are being made with
local bookstores for additional book donations to be arranged year-round.

Local mystery author Jeffrey Marks and mystery author website specialist
Beth Tindall of CincinnatiMedia are arranging autographed book donations
from within the national mystery community. Donated books will have a label
on the inside of the book which state “Book donated by the author.”

Books for the Spelling Bee prizes should be sent before March 1st, 2006.
Books are appreciated and welcomed other times of year, though! To donate,
send books (autographed or not, fiction/nonfiction, adult/YA/juvenile, ones
you’ve written or ones you’ve read!) to: