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  • Library launches Bookmark Design Contest
    TAVARES — All students (K-12) and adults in Lake County are invited to enter the Lake County Library System’s 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest. This year’s theme is Dreams and Nightmares, where imaginary worlds and magical creatures are common.
     
    Each contest entry should contain an element of fantasy. Participants may submit as many entries as they wish.
     
    Awards will be announced at the annual Authors’ Reception on Friday, March 13, at the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The wining bookmark designs will then be available at all 15 libraries in the Lake County Library System and will be printable from the library system’s web site. Prizes will include gift cards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners provided by sponsor Insight Credit Union.
     
    Entry forms are available at www.mylakelibrary.org. Completed entry forms can be delivered with your original bookmark design to any LCLS library. They also may be mailed to Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, 2401 Woodlea Road, Tavares FL 32778. Electronic files (300 dpi or greater) may be submitted via email to MContreras@lakecountyfl.gov.
     
    Deadline for submission is February 13, 2015. Complete rules and guidelines are available at www.mylakelibrary.org.

    For additional information on the contest, call Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator, at 352-253-6167.
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  • History panel to discuss African American Education in Lake County

    MOUNT DORA — The Lake County Historical Society will host a panel discussion on “African American Education in Lake County from 1886 to 1970.” Vivan Owens, author of the book, The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town, will moderate the free discussion on Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the W.T. Bland Library in Mount Dora. The public is invited to attend. 
    Highlights will include the earliest schools for African Americans in Lake County, including the Rosenwald schools built in the 1920s; how teachers led their classes with limited financial resources; pitfalls during early integration attempts, and the closings of African American schools in 1970 as integration began.
     


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  • Gov. Scott Presents Shine Awards to Nine Reading and English Educators
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recently recognized nine outstanding educators – including one from Lake County -- for their contributions to education with the Governor's Shine Awards.

    In conjunction with 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which is being recognized January 26 - 30, Scott honored teachers who specialize in the fields of reading and English language arts. Each year, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. This year’s theme, “Reading Accelerates Success,” connects the value of literacy with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Lake County’s honoree was Anjanette McGregor, a teacher at Tavares High School. She entered the teaching profession 11 years ago. She began her teaching career in Monroe County and then relocated to Lake County where she teaches high school intensive reading and English language arts. She works diligently to keep all teachers abreast on the new standards, including innovative ways to implement those standards to increase student engagement and success. McGregor is currently working on a community education project that will focus on the intricacies of education policy with the goal of increasing parental and community involvement.

    The other honorees were from schools in Okaloosa, Orange, Alachua, Leon, Hernando, Hillsborough and Marion counties.
     


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  •  Summer Literacy Adventure

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