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December 9, 2012

The Learning Lamp receives $10G grant

JOHNSTOWN — The National Endowment for the Arts announced last week that The Learning Lamp is one of 153 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a Challenge America Fast-Track grant.

The Learning Lamp has been approved for a $10,000 grant earmarked for the fifth annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown.

The Learning Lamp’s application for support of the annual book festival was among 393 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000.

“The Children’s Book Festival is a free event that aims to get children excited about reading, promote reading together as a family and help all children – regardless of income – build a home library so they have books readily available to them,” said Angela Rizzo, festival coordinator and director of development for The Learning Lamp. “

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown will be held March 22-24 at the Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center and ARTWORKS in Johnstown. The festival’s theme is Animal Tales and features presentations by award-winning author/illustra-tors Nick Bruel and Suzanne Bloom.

Also headlining the 2013 festival is master storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist and singer Charlotte Blake Alston.

The three-day festival will kick off earlier in the week with school visits, a regional bookmark contest and an array of arts- and literature-based activities for families. Each child also receives a free age-appropriate book just for attending the festival.

For more information on The Learning Lamp’s Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 262-0732 or go to www.thelearn- inglamp.org.

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