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Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS donates book to Illinois public libraries

April 27, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield has presented a copy of a book commissioned by the Center to the Illinois State Library and will donate copies to all 640 public libraries in the state as well.

Barbara Ferrara, interim director of the Center, and Peggy Dunn, director of the Center’s Public Policy High School Initiative, presented a copy of the children’s book Mr. Lincoln and the Time Train to Illinois State Library Director Jean Wilkins on April 21 during National Library Week. The book will be placed in the library’s Illinois Authors Collection. 

“Abraham Lincoln loved reading and by donating this book statewide we hope to encourage that in young library patrons as well,” said Ferrara. “The book was written by children for children and we would like all young readers to be able to share in the excitement and wonder of the story.”

Mr. Lincoln and the Time Train was commissioned by the Center in 2002 and published in 2003 to commemorate the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. The authors were 14 children, most from Springfield and nearby communities, who were all between the ages of 7 and 10 when they wrote the story, which considers what life would be like today if there had been no Abraham Lincoln.

In the story, President Lincoln falls asleep on the train taking him to deliver the Gettysburg Address and wakes up in modern-day Springfield, Illinois. Three smart kids – Ryan, Jennifer, and Angela – realize the importance of Lincoln’s role in history and see how different their lives might be without his influence. The trio sets out to help Lincoln get back to his own time and fulfill his destiny.

Lincoln interpreter Fritz Klein assisted the children as they created the story and Chicago artist Chuck Goll sketched their ideas.

Copies of Mr. Lincoln and the Time Train can be ordered online at http://cspl.uis.edu/centersonlinestore. Single copies are $8.95 each. For more information, contact the Center at 217/206-6576.     

Mr. Lincoln and the Time Train
60 pages
Paperback
ISBN 0-938943-21-9     

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