My name is Linda Ahern and I work for the Illinois State Library in the Chicago office and I help out on a regular basis with the Illinois Authors website for the Illinois Center for the Book. I also help with the Emerging Writers Competion, a competition for adults in the State of Illinois. thnis competition is an outlet for all adults 18 and older who are interested in writing either poetry or short story. It is an annual contest and winners have the possibility of being published. I also work with the Illinois Center for the Book on the annual Letters about Literature program. In addition I assist the Deputy Director for Literacy with an annual partnership awards program where we partner with Borders Books and Music superstores to raise awareness for literacy.