Islands Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (and associated
facilities) will be the site of the next Nebraska Book Festival.
Scheduled for September 13-14, 10:00 A.M.5:00 P.M. CDT, the
Festival emphasizes a public celebration of books and book enterprises.
Sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) in cooperation
with the Nebraska Library Commission, with funding from the Nebraska
Humanities Council, programs for adults, children, and youth will
focus on the theme, A Sense of Time, A Sense of Place. Fridays
program, (see details Page 4) focuses on middle and high school students.
Friday evenings celebration, 6:30 P.M. CDT, includes a festive
meal, a program featuring Bob Greene, author of Once Upon a Town:
The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen, and the presentation
of the NCB Mildred Bennet Award, the NCB Nebraska Book Awards, the
Festival Committees Community Spirit Award, and Student Writing
Competition Prizes. Costs for Friday night banquet are:
$45Individual (includes one ticket and a signed copy of Bob
Greenes book, Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North
$75Couple (includes two tickets and one signed copy of Bob Greenes
$25Book (each additional autographed book)
Saturday will be devoted to book displays from publishers and literary
centers. (Vendor registration deadline is September 10. See www.stuhrmuseum.org/book.htm.)
Readings by various writers and a wide variety of programs, many of
them hands-on experiences, will take place in the most appropriate
museum venue. Some of these will be devoted to adult interests, others
to small children, and still others to students. Weather permitting,
many displays and events will be outside. However, indoor alternatives
will be ready.
Includes Student Writing Competition
The 2002 Nebraska Book Festival Committee recently announced the Festivals
Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to all interested
Nebraska middle school and high school students. The 2002 Nebraska
Book Festivals theme, A Sense of Time, A Sense of Place,
is the theme for the competition. Students are asked to write about
a time or place in history that is particularly inspiring to them
in one of the following formats:
Develop an essay exploring a feeling or memory (250 words maximum).
Write a Poem in any format (20 lines maximum).
Write a fiction short story (500 words maximum).
Guidelines and entry information are available on the 2002 Nebraska
Book Festival Web site at www.stuhrmuseum.org/book.htm.
Entry deadline is September 3.
Museum admission is $8 for students on Friday (includes lunch) and
$5 for all participants on Saturday. Information about Grand Island
hotels and motels is listed at www.gionline.net/bizpages/index.html.
For more information about the Festival, contact Diane Haney, Festival
Coordinator, 308-384-6209, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Pam Snow, Festival Chair, 308-381-8681, e-mail: email@example.com.