Author Patrick Carman and Agros International Donate Children's Books for Literacy Project in Central America

    SEATTLE, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The "New York Times" best-selling
 children's author Patrick Carman, and Agros International, a Seattle-based,
 non-profit organization that works with poor, rural families to help them
 escape poverty, are teaming up with Scholastic to bring libraries to
 25 communities in Central America and Mexico.  Carman, best-known for his
 highly successful "Land of Elyon" book series, has made a commitment to put
 books into the hands of children in Central America and Mexico, many of whom
 have never experienced the pleasure of owning their own book.  Working with
 Agros International, Carman is purchasing and donating thousands of
 Spanish-language books from Scholastic, the global children's publishing and
 media company, in addition to giving tables, chairs, and bookcases to help
 build school libraries in these villages.
     Mr. Carman has been involved with Agros International for many years.
 "Illiteracy is one of the primary causes of poverty," Carman said.  The topic
 has come up over the years during trips to Central America that Carman has
 taken.  David Carlson, Director of Development of Agros adds, "Literacy
 expands conceptual capacity, which in turn aids in overall personal
     Long term, Agros sees the project providing the foundation for village
 resource centers that will coordinate with teachers, schools, and community
 leaders.  Agros' Director of Programs Laurie Werner believes this will open up
 opportunities to dialogue with governmental and non-governmental agencies
 about a sustainable library model to work with in the future.
     Scholastic will compile customized classroom libraries that are language,
 age and culturally appropriate, featuring a selection of wonderful titles from
 Scholastic en espanol, the Spanish imprint of Scholastic.  The books will be
 for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
     Carra Gamberdella, International Project Coordinator at Scholastic, said,
 "Scholastic is proud to support Carman's commitment to building literacy among
 children.  He has shown this dedication for classrooms all across America and
 now he is extending his message of the importance of reading for children in
 Central America and Mexico."
     David Carlson hopes the library project will start a ripple effect and
 give these communities new hope.  Scholastic, Patrick Carman, and Agros are
 passionate about that same thing.
     Patrick Carman is the author of the best-selling "The Land of Elyon"
 trilogy, published by Scholastic.  The first book, "The Dark Hills Divide,"
 was released in 2005 and quickly became a "New York Times" bestseller.  The
 final book in the trilogy, "The Land of Elyon III: The Tenth City," will be
 published in May 2006.
     In addition, Scholastic en espanol just published Land of Elyon 1, in
 Spanish in December 2005 (La Tierra de Elyon Libro 1: El limite de los Montes
 Negros).  The next book will be published in Spanish in December 2006.  For
 more information about Scholastic's involvement in this project contact
 Charisse Meloto: 212.389.3785,
     This release was issued on behalf of the above organization by
 Send2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R).

SOURCE Patrick Carman

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