Wednesday, June 12, 2013


               Don’t forget to request your summer reading prizes.

The Western Massachusetts Library Advocates (WMLA) Board of Directors has arranged with the Eastern States Exposition to provide each Massachusetts PUBLIC LIBRARY conducting a summer reading program, free tickets for this fall’s Big E in West Springfield.  The Big E will provide two (2) free general admission tickets to each public library in Massachusetts with the understanding that these tickets will be used as incentives or rewards for children and teens to encourage them to read over the summer.  

In addition, Yankee Candle has created a prize for the Summer Reading Program. It is a free wax hand mold and is redeemable at their flagship store in South Deerfield. Yankee Candle has a section of the store called Wax Works where guests are allowed to make molds of their hands in wax, color the mold and bring them home. Throughout the process they are assisted by a sales associate. This is a lot of fun for kids and the wax hand normally retails for $8.

The winners of the prizes should be chosen through a random drawing of names at the end of your summer reading program.

To participate—
·         Prepare a self-addressed 6” x 9” envelope STAMPED with TWO (2) First Class stamps (SASE)
·         Address the envelope to YOUR library with “ATTN:  [your library’s person designated to receive these valuable prizes.]”
·         Place the SASE (Please make sure to use a 6” x 9” envelope) inside another stamped envelope.
·         Mail to:
                ATTN:  SUMMER READING
                P. O. BOX 609
                South Deerfield, MA 01373

NOTE: Your SASE must be received by WMLA by Monday, July 15, 2013.  Earlier is better.
For security reasons, DO NOT write the words “Tickets” or “Big E” on the outside of your envelopes.
For public library systems with branch libraries, you will need to either send a separate SASE for each branch OR one large envelope with sufficient postage to hold the number of tickets and brochures you are requesting.  Please tell us how many branches for which you need tickets.

The only request that our donors have made of Massachusetts public libraries receiving these prizes is that the public be notified of their donation to encourage reading among our young people.  Please add to or create signs or posters with this information. 

WMLA Board members will process your requests and mail the tickets shortly after July 30th.

On behalf of the WMLA Board,
Jan Resnick

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