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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 19, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Museum assists with Forever Books for Kids project

Book collection, distribution launch party Tuesday at Polk County Jail

(DES MOINES) – As part of its History Through the Arts educational theater program, the State Historical Museum is assisting the Forever Books for Kids project that provides books to children who visit family members at the Polk County Jail.

A launch party for the project will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Polk County Jail, 1985 NE 51st Place in Des Moines. The event will showcase bookshelves, paintings by Scavo art students and donated books.

Forever Books for Kids was founded by Historical Museum staff member Maureen Korte, U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer, Two Rivers Story Spinners and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in honor of former Des Moines Public Librarian Dave Ashcraft, who delivered books to Polk County Jail inmates.

The Museum’s History Through the Arts program partners each year with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to promote a program focused on human and civil rights. For the performance of “Young Abe Lincoln” this past February, the court paid all tuition fees and participating students and teachers could donate gently used and new books.

The State Historical Museum continues to receive donations of books appropriate for children ages 2-10. Cash donations are also accepted. Contact Maureen Korte at 515-281-4132 or maureen.korte@iowa.gov for more information.

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