Date: June 20, 2003

        Contact: Peggy Dunn, 206-7399




Media Advisory



What:                     “President Lincoln Visits the Library.” Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by actor Fritz Klein) will meet with children to share his love of reading and to encourage elementary students to take part in a readers’ theater and story writing contest presented as part of the summer reading program sponsored by Springfield’s Lincoln Library and the Abraham Lincoln and Leadership Summer Institute, part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.


When:                    3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 23


Where:                   Carnegie Room, Lincoln Library


Background:           The public library’s summer reading program for children is titled “Lights, Camera, READ!” High school students enrolled in UIS’ Lincoln and Leadership Summer Institute are participating as a service learning project. A readers’ theater performance by students in grades 3-6 and a story writing contest for students in grades 1-6 are planned for July.


UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen will also be in attendance on Monday to help children sign up for these two programs.