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The San Francisco Center for the Book has been awarded a grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts to support children's book-arts
activities in San Francisco elementary schools in the 2004-2005
school year.

The $10,000 grant will help fund the Center's ABC Initiative--Art of
the Book in the Classroom--to encourage children's artistic
expression and emerging literacy by teaching students in kindergarten
through fifth grade to make books of their own.

This is the first time The San Francisco Center for the Book has
received funding from the NEA. The award came under the agency's
Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth program and was one of
239 grants, totalling $7,723,000 million, announced today by the
federal agency in Washington, D.C.

"We are honored to receive support from the NEA to introduce
bookmaking to youngsters in San Francisco public schools," said Kathy
Barr, executive director of The San Francisco Center for the Book.
"The funding will help us expand our youth outreach with programs
that use bookmaking to promote literacy and propel children toward a
lifelong love of reading, writing and art.

"Book arts and kids are a magical combination," Barr continued.
"Bookmaking engages the whole child--head, heart and hands. When kids
make books, they forge a special connection to reading, writing,
making art and all the imaginative, thoughtful and physical
activities that go into making books by hand. Bookmaking and emerging
literacy are perfect partners, and we're grateful to the NEA for
recognizing this innovative approach."

The ABC Initiative will bring book-arts activities to students at
three diverse San Francisco elementary schools with a total
population of some 1,500 youngsters and approximately 100 teachers
and administrators. Using the SFCB's visual database of book
structures, classroom teachers will select book-arts activities that
suit their curriculum plans. SFCB book artists will then tailor those
bookmaking projects to support classroom goals and conduct in-class
lessons on a regular basis throughout the coming school year.

Other SFCB Youth Programs include field trips during which students
print letterpress with proofing presses and incorporate their prints
into a handmade book; classroom visits during which students learn to
make different kinds of books; free Family Days that present a wide
range of bookmaking projects for kids and adults, together;
professional development activities for K-12 teachers and parent
volunteers; and free participation at such school events as Family
Literacy Nights. Details of the Center's Youth Programs can be found
on the following page of its website:

For further information, please contact Executive Director Kathy Barr
at (415) 565-0545 or kbarr@xxxxxxxx


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