Thursday, January 29, 2009

Conference Opportunity for Education Students interested in Graduate Work

Third Annual Professional Development Conference for Undergraduate Seniors Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences

September 25-27, 2009

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

The School of Social and Family Dynamics ( at Arizona State University is proud to host the third annual Professional Development Conference for Undergraduate Seniors Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences.

This conference is designed to bring together eager and bright students to learn about the exciting changes and facets of research-oriented graduate training in family and child sciences. Undergraduate students from across the country who will be seniors next year and who plan to pursue doctoral graduate education in a discipline related to family and child sciences (child development, family studies, psychology, sociology, education, life sciences, etc.) will be brought together on campus for a weekend of discussions about preparation for graduate school, where the field is going, opportunities for interdisciplinary research and education, and general discussions with faculty and graduate students in the field.

This competitive conference will allow students to learn more about the profession, develop networks of faculty and students from across the country, and help prepare themselves for graduate school and beyond.

Students who are selected to attend will be provided with funding to pay for all travel-related expenses (airfare, local transportation, hotel, and meals). Students will attend interactive discussion sessions over the course of the 2 days of the conference. Opportunities for socializing and individual sessions will also be provided.

Conference website:
On-line application:

Questions: feel free to contact us at

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Remove all Children's Books from Libraries?? No Way! Please make the call now!

The advocacy action phone calls and e-mails to the Commission have paid off. It has just been announced at ALA Council that early next week the Commission will put a hold on the issue of lead in books while they investigate the issue.

Can you imagine school, public, (and university) libraries having to remove all juvenile books for lead testing? Neither can we!

Please call Nancy Nord at (301) 504-7923 today and leave a message supporting the exclusion of children's books from lead testing. Follow the instructions below.

Background Information
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 has been interpreted to include books as a product that must be tested for lead.

While it is understandable that the CPSC must protect children from toxic materials, publishers have already tested the book components and found that the lead levels are lower than the regulations require three years from now. Additionally, all book recalls in the last two decades have been because of toys attached to the books that posed a choking hazard, not the books themselves.

Making these testing regulations retroactive would require both school and public libraries to take drastic steps to come into compliance. They either would have to ban children from their libraries or pull every book intended for children under the age of 12 from their bookshelves at the time children are fostering a lifelong love of learning and reading.


Even with her assurances, we must let the CPSC know how important an issue this is to libraries. Please call the Acting Commissioner, Nancy Nord, at (301) 504-7923. When you call this number, wait for the automated directory to give you directions to reach Nancy Nord’s office.

Explain to the Commission that:
1) it is simply impossible for libraries to remove all children’s books from the shelves and/or ban children under 12 from the library and still provide the level of service that is needed.

2) As always, thank you for all that they do. The only way we will be successful in ensuring that children will have access to safe books is with a strong grassroots effort.

3)In order to allow children and families to continue accessing critical library materials, please either exempt books from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, accept the component tests that have already been done, or exempt all books currently in school and public libraries. This will ensure that our children continue to have access to safe and educational library materials

4) Your comments to the CPSC need to be submitted as soon as possible, so please tell all your friends and family – we need as many people as possible to communicate that this oversight could have lasting ramifications on our children and our communities.

Thank you for your continued support of libraries!

This information was originally received from:
Kristin Murphy
Government Relations Specialist
American Library Association - Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-2520
Phone Number: 202.628.8410
Fax: 202.628.8419

Monday, January 26, 2009

ALA Youth Media Awards

Watch the Video (a list of winners is below):

And the winners are:

Newbery Medal

"The Graveyard Book" (Juv.G966g) by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins Children's Books

Newbery Honor Books

"The Underneath" by Kathi Appelt,(Juv.A646u) illustrated by David Small, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

"The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom" by Margarita Engle, Henry Holt and Company, LLC

"Savvy"(Juv.L4153s)by Ingrid Law, Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group in partnership with Walden Media, LLC

"After Tupac and D Foster" (Juv.W898a) by Jacqueline Woodson, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Books for Young Readers

Caldecott Medal

"The House in the Night," illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson, Houghton Mifflin Co.

Caldecott Honor Books

"A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever"(Juv.F8485c)by Marla Frazee, Harcourt, Inc.

"How I Learned Geography" by Uri Shulevitz,(Juv.S5622h) Farrar Straus Giroux

"A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams,"(Juv.928.1W728b) illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Michael L. Printz Award
Melina Marchetta, author of "Jellicoe Road,"(Juv.M317j) is the 2009 Printz Award winner. The book is published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Printz Honor Books
"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves," (Juv.A5448 v.2) by M.T. Anderson, published by Candlewick Press;

"The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,"(Juv.L8164d) by E. Lockhart, published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group;

"Nation," (Juv.P912n) by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;

"Tender Morsels,"(Juv.L243t) by Margo Lanagan, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Pura Belpre

Belpré Author Award

"The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom" by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt

Belpré Author Honor Books

"Just in Case" by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

"Reaching Out" (Juv.J598r) by Francisco Jiménez, Houghton Mifflin Co.

"The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos" (Juv.G6434s)
0by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre, Children's Book Press

Belpré Illustrator Award

"Just in Case" by Yuyi Morales, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership Press

Belpré Illustrator Honor Books
"Papa and Me" ,(Juv. D716d) illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Arthur Dorrosan imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

"The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos" (Juv.G6434s) illustrated by Lulu Delacre, written by Lucia Gonzalez, Children's Book Press

"What Can You Do with a Rebozo" (Juv.T1246w)illustrated by Amy Cordova, written by Carmen Tafolla, Tricycle Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press

Coretta Scott King Awards

Author Award
"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball," (Juv.796.357.N427w) written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, The book is published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Author Honor Books
"The Blacker the Berry," by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers;

"Keeping the Night Watch," by Hope Anita Smith, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Henry Holt and Company; and

"Becoming Billie Holiday," (Juv.W3625b) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Illustrator Award
"The Blacker the Berry," illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Joyce Carol Thomas and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Illustrator Honor
"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball," (Juv.796.357.N427w) written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

"Before John Was a Jazz Giant," by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls, published by Henry Holt and Company;

"The Moon Over Star" by Dianna Hutts Aston,(Juv.A8563m) illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.
Shadra Strickland, illustrator of "Bird," (Juv.E4669b) written by Zetta Elliott, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Lee & Low Books.

2010 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer

Kathleen T. Horning, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Batchelder Award

Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., publisher of "Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit" by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

Batchelder Honor Books

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., publisher of "Garmann's Summer" written and illustrated by Stian Hole, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., publisher of "Tiger Moon" written by Antonia Michaelis, translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Carnegie Medal

Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly, Weston Woods Studios, producers of "March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World"

Geisel Award
"Are You Ready to Play Outside?" (Juv.W699a) written and illustrated by Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Geisel Honor Books

"Chicken Said, 'Cluck!'" written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell, HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

"One Boy" (Juv.S4516o )written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

"Stinky" (Juv.D2617s) written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis, The Little Lit Library, a division of RAW Junior, LLC

"Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator" (Juv.594.38 .C191w) written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell, Boyds Mills Press

Odyssey Award

"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, produced by Recorded Books, LLC

Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

"Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady," written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

"Elijah of Buxton" written by Christopher Paul Curtis, narrated by Mirron Willis, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

"I'm Dirty" written by Kate and Jim McMullan, narrated by Steve Buscemi, produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc./Scholastic

"Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale" written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy, produced by Peachtree Publishers

"Nation" written by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs, produced by Harper Children's Audio/HarperCollins Publishers

Sibert Medal

"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" (Juv.796.357.N427w) written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Sibert Honor Books

"Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and Rediscovery of the Past" written by James M. Deem, Houghton Mifflin Company

"What to Do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!" (Juv.923.2.L859k) written by Barbara Kerley, illusrated by Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

Wilder Medal

Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of numerous books, including "Dancing Granny," "Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum" and "Beautiful Blackbird."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

NJ History Day-Participation Needed!

NJ History Day information

It's not just a's an experience! is the motto for History Day, an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to develop research and critical thinking skills by creating projects based on historical topics. Great skills we’d like to see in our future students!

History Day keeps growing. Volunteer judges are needed for our two regional competitions, Saturday, March 21st at Seton Hall University, and Saturday, March 28th at Rider University, as well as for the state competition at William Paterson University on Saturday, May 2nd. Contests typically begin at 8:15am for orientation and conclude around 4:00pm. A continental breakfast and lunch is provided for judges.

Students in grades 6-8 compete in the Junior Division, students in grades 9-12 compete in the Senior Division. Working with this year's theme of "The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies" students develop either an exhibit, documentary, performance, website, or paper on an historical topic of their choice. They may work individually, or with a group. Winners from the regional contests go on to the State competition (May 2nd), and winners from the State competition go on to the National competition in Maryland (June 14-18).

Judges Needed, Volunteer!

Since each year more schools and students compete, the need for judges keeps growing. You do not need to be an historian to judge! The judging teams are usually made up of three people: an historian, an educator, and perhaps a specialist in the type of project, e.g. performance. This is a great opportunity to encourage students to develop strong research skills using primary resources, as well as effective oral, written and visual communication skills.

Training sessions for judges are scheduled on Friday, February 20 at Seton Hall (4:30-6:30 p.m.) and Rider (4-6 p.m.).

When e-mailing or calling, please indicate your name, contact information, which contest (Seton Hall, Rider and/or William Paterson), and which category (Exhibits, Performances, Documentaries, Websites) you would like to judge. Category requests will be honored when possible.

If you are interested and would like to learn more, contact either Margaret Renn (973-720-3978) or Nancy Norris-Bauer (973-720-3131), both at, or take a look at the NJ History Day website,

Friday, January 09, 2009

January Events of Note!

January 21, 2009 12-2p.m. NJCU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Celebration

Cornell William Brooks speaks at NJCU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Celebration on January 21

Cornell William Brooks, a public interest attorney, civil rights litigator, writer, and fourth-generation ordained minister who is executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ), a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban communities and residents, will speak at New Jersey City University’s 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Celebration on Wednesday, January 21.

The program, which will benefit NJCU scholarships, will be held 12:00 – 2:30 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room of the Michael Gilligan Student Union on the University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. Tickets are $30.00; $15.00 for full-time students and senior citizens over 65 years of age. The community is welcome.

Based on the theme, “The Politics of Hope in a Post-King Era,” the program is sponsored by NJCU’s Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center and Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For further information call NJCU’s Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center at (201)200-3524.

January 23, 2009 -THINKFriday @ Imagine Atrium- Fahrenheit 451 Program

Join us as we partner with the Jersey City Free Public Library and celebrate Jersey City's "Big Read" book, Fahrenheit 451, with a screening of the classic film by François Truffaut and an informal book discussion following the film.

When: THINKFriday, January 23 @ 7pm
Where: Imagine Atrium Bookstore, 528 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

FREE COPIES of Fahrenheit 451 are available at Imagine Atrium and at the Jersey City Main Library on Jersey Avenue if you have a library card. Get your copy now before they're all gone!


For more information, visit

For more about The Big Read, visit


January 29, 2009 4:30-6pm Author/Illustrator Eric Velasquez
The M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at New Jersey City University proudly presents illustrator and author Eric Velasquez and a Professional Development Workshop.

Thursday, January 29, 2009
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Hepburn Hall, Room 202
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey

Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez’s photorealistic pastel illustrations created for young adult book author Carole Boston Weatherford have been described as both “tough-minded and poetic.” The suspense and triumph of Ms. Weatherford’s books, I, Matthew Henson and Jesse Owens, Fastest Man Alive, have been heightened by the rich and historical illustrations by Mr. Velasquez. Mr. Velasquez also illustrated Addie Boswell’s The Rain Stomper and his own book, Grandma’s Records.

This presentation is ideal for librarians, classroom and reading teachers), university students, and other supporters of literacy and literature.

$25 admission fee includes two N.J. Professional Development Hours; $20 for full-time undergraduate students (identification required).
Admission fee waived for NJCU undergraduates not seeking N.J. Professional development hours.

For more information contact Maureen McGuire, director of development, at
or call (201) 200-3196. Please provide an e-mail address where we may send your registration confirmation.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking available in NJCU’s West Side Avenue Lot for a $6.00 fee.
For directions to NJCU visit

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Return payment/check with completed registration form to:
Maureen McGuire
Office of Development
Hepburn Hall, Room 326
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597

Please check your payment method and provide the following information:

Name_____________________________ email ______________________ Address _____________ City_______ State_______ Zip ______________

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(Make check payable to the NJCU Foundation, Inc. and designate M. Jerry Weiss Center in the memo portion.) Account number ______________________ Expiration date _____________ Signature _____________________________


January 30, 31, 2009 African Diaspora Film Festival at the Jersey City Museum
The African Diaspora Film Series
Dates/Times: January 30, 2009 Noon – 5pm
January 31, 2009 Noon – 5pm

Price: Individual tickets per screening are $10, $8 students and seniors, $7 museum members.
Contact: African Diaspora Film Festival at 212-864-1760
Jersey City Museum is pleased to present the African Diaspora Film Series on Friday, January 30, and Saturday, January 31, 2009.

Individual tickets may be purchased at the museum on the day of the events or purchased in advance on the African Diaspora Film Festival website at or by calling them at (212) 864-1760. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, $7 for members of the museum. ADFF/JCM Series Pass is $30. This special pass gives access to all the screenings in the series.

Please contact the African Diaspora Film Festival to enquire about group rates for schools for the Friday afternoon screening of The Great Bazaar, which is recommended for grade 10 and up.

DVDs and VHS of films from Africa and the African Diaspora Film Festival will be on sale in the museum's atrium. $20 per DVD/VHS; $35 for 2 DVD/VHS; $45 for three DVD/VHS and $15 for each additional DVD/VHS.

The schedule of film screenings for Friday and Saturday is as follows:


12:00pm | The Great Bazaar
(2005, Licinio Azevedo) In the suburb of an African city, 12 years-old Paito sells fritters outside his house. One day, a band of young robbers takes his money. He decides he's not going to go home until he recovers what he lost. With this in mind, he heads out for the big city on the same train as the thieves. Looking for work, he begins to live in a market square that at night becomes a dormitory for homeless vendors. There he meets Xano, a boy his age, whose insolent behavior and fearlessness attract him. Unlike Paito, Xano despises work and he steals. Despite their differences, they become friends. Together, they reinvent the world. Language: Portuguese with English subtitles. Run time: 58 minutes.

2:30PM | Made in Jamaica
New Jersey Premiere!
(2006, Jerome Laperrousaz) This musical documentary presents an overview of the reggae music movement past and present. From the crime and violence of the ghetto to political responsibility; from the history of slavery and colonization to the legacy of Bob Marley and the idea of salvation through music; from religion and the Rasta movement to sex, women, and their role in reggae, Made in Jamaica explores the multifaceted reality of reggae music through interviews and musical performances with artists like Capleton, Elephant Man, Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Bounty Killer, Gregory Isaacs, Tanya Stephens, Beres Hammond, and others. Running time: 110 minutes.


12:00PM | Slaying Goliath
New Jersey Premiere!
(2008, Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster) Slaying Goliath is a candid account of a fifth grade basketball team on a quest to win a national title, all the while struggling with where they came from and how far they will go. Through their journey from Harlem, NY to Florida, many of them leaving their neighborhoods for the first time, parents, coaches and team members learn valuable lessons about teamwork, unity, and who they are in relation to the world around them. Running time: 80 minutes.

A question and answer session with the filmmakers will be held after the screening of Slaying Goliath.

DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM: Afro-Cuba: Yesterday and Today
La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero and Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker

2:10PM | La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero
(1992, Octavio Cortazar) A fascinating film on the rhythmic dance genre known as Rumba, La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero dances around the life of Papa Montero, one of the famous rumberos of Cuba, assassinated during carnival. A discovery of Cuban traditions and every day life told through beautiful images, sensual music and dance. The use of Afro-Cuban mythology is the force behind the characters as orishas guide the characters' fate. Language: Spanish with English subtitles. Running time: 52 minutes.

3:10PM | Sara Gomez: an Afro-Cuban Filmmaker
(2005, Alessandra Muller) Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker is a rich, multilayered documentary about Afro-Cuban director Sarah Gomez. Born in 1943, she studied literature, piano, and Afro-Cuban ethnography before becoming the first female Cuban filmmaker. A woman of great intelligence, independence and generosity, she was a revolutionary filmmaker with intersecting concerns about the Afro-Cuban community and the value of its cultural traditions, women's issues, and the treatment of the marginalized sectors of society. Through archival footage of her works and interviews with her children and husband Germinal Hernandez, cast members of her best-know film De cierta manera,as well as colleagues and friends, we get closer to a filmmaker who invented new landscapes and brought together opposite worlds. Language: Spanish with English subtitles. Running time: 76 minutes.

A discussion between Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, Co-Director of the African Diaspora Film Festival, and artist Ben Jones ("Deliverance" THE ART OF BEN JONES 1970-2008, on view at Jersey City Museum through February 21, 2009) will follow the double feature screenings.

Monday, January 05, 2009

New series on the Obama family, Comments?


We have decided to change the series name to "First Family of Hope", and luckily we have just enough time to change the name before the books go to print. Originally we were going to use "First Family of Change" but we wanted to differentiate our series from the many that are already out, or set to come out in the near future, so we went with (what we thought was appealing based on the aforementioned media examples) "Cool".

I think "Hope" does the trick while communicating the importance and historical significance.


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Feeling Lucky? Write your way to the Inauguration

A writing contest for persons over 18 was announced by the Inauguaral Committee
The deadline is January 8th at midnight.
Tell your senior high school students, collehge students and instructors to get out their pens!
See the rules below:

Official Rules and Restrictions

• Entries will be accepted from 12:01 a.m. EST on 12/30/2008 to 11:59 EST on 1/8/2009

. Only individuals 18 years or older who are U.S. citizens or U.S. resident aliens, and who voluntarily choose to enter, may enter the contest. Corporations (including non-profit corporations) are expressly prohibited from entering the contest.

• Your entry must be submitted electronically to:
and must include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

• Winner shall be selected from all eligible entries by the strength of their essay about what the inauguration means to them before 1/15/2009.

• The winners shall be notified by email on or before 1/16/2009, and shall be required to complete an affidavit or declaration of eligibility and liability release. Failure to comply within 5 days after the date printed on the prize notification may result in disqualification of winning entry and random selection of another entrant as the winner. Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009 is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners.

• The winners shall receive travel to Washington DC, accommodations, and access to official inaugural events.

• No purchase necessary. Contributing to Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009 will not improve your chances of winning. You may enter the contest as many times as you like without a contribution by entering here:

• This contest is sponsored and run by Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, headquartered at 330 C Street SW, Washington DC. A copy of these rules and the winner's names may be obtained by writing to Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. Requests must be received by December 31, 2009.

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