ALA announces winners of A&E-sponsored library grant contest

Contact: Deborah Davis


For Immediate Release

March 7, 2003

ALA announces winners of A&E-sponsored library grant contest

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winners of a library grant contest, sponsored by A&E Networks in support of the A&E Original Movie
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor. Contest winners are the Arapahoe Library District - Kelver Branch, Byers, Colo.; Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library; Kisker Road Library, St. Charles, Mo.; Pearl (Miss.) Public Library; and Richmond (Va.) Public Library.

The five libraries each won a $1,000 grant from A&E for developing one of the most creative displays around the Benedict Arnold theme. Public libraries in cities selected by A&E received supporting materials, including bookmarks and posters, from A&E last fall. Forty participating libraries showcased a display to their community between December 6, 2002, and January 14, 2003. The two-hour A&E Original Movie premiered on January 13 and starred Aidan Quinn as Benedict Arnold and Emmy® Award-winner Kelsey Grammer as George Washington.

"A&E congratulates the winners of the Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor Library Grant Contest," said Stacy Krusch, director, Strategic Alliances & Consumer Promotion, A&E. "Thank you to all of the libraries that contributed to this successful and educational program and supported this exciting A&E Original Movie about Benedict Arnold and American history."

ALA and A&E developed the library grant contest as part of @ your library™, The Campaign for America's Libraries, ALA's multi-year public education effort about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. Through the contest, ALA and A&E hoped to encourage viewers to learn more about Benedict Arnold and American history "@ your library."

For more information about The Campaign for America's Libraries and to subscribe to an email list with the latest campaign updates, visit the
Web site.