Amazon.com Names Winners of ’’Wish for Lit’’ Program
Libraries in Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Anchorage, Alaska; and Leroy,
Ala.; Win Thousands of Dollars in Amazon.com Products
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)---Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced the winners of its “Wish for Lit” program, a program offering more than $20,000 in Amazon.com products to three libraries in the United States -- one K-12, one public and one academic. A panel of five judges, selected by the American Library Association Chapter Relations Committee, chose the three winners based on quality of the application, urgency of the need and the value the award would give to the library and the community it serves.
The winners of the program, and their plans for $20,000 in Amazon.com
-- K-12: Leroy High School (Leroy, Ala.)
-- Leroy High School will purchase books lost from damage caused by
Hurricane Ivan, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 2004.
-- Public: Anchorage Municipal Libraries (Anchorage, Alaska)
-- The Anchorage Municipal Libraries will build their selection of
books and media about the Hmong, a sizeable community in
Anchorage. Materials will assist Hmong speakers and people who
work with the Hmong community, such as teachers and health care
-- Academic: Annenberg Library at Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill,
-- The Annenberg Library will increase multicultural resources
(both print and recorded) and expand their collection of
Each winning library in this program, which was launched in January, receives a $5,000 gift certificate for Amazon.com products, as well as up to $2,000 of Amazon.com products that are already on the library’s Amazon.com Wish List. All items will be shipped directly to each winning library to be put to immediate use.
“The stories of each of these winners typifies the kinds of needs there are in the library community, not only for funding, but for easy ways to search, discover and purchase the products they need to serve their patrons,” said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at Amazon.com. “We are thrilled to see so many libraries embrace the Amazon.com Wish List feature and are glad that it will continue to provide an efficient way for libraries and donors to connect.”
Amazon.com’s Library Wish Lists tool connects libraries with donors who wish to purchase the most-needed items from a library’s Wish List and have the products shipped directly to the library in an easy and seamless manner. Library Wish Lists allow each library to have more than one Wish List, and each list can be managed by multiple library personnel.
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