Verizon Information Services Helps Books Are Wings Program Fly Statewide Tonight

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Information Services

    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst grins, games and the
 tempest of turning pages, a new statewide literacy initiative known as Books
 Are Wings launches during two events held this afternoon.
     The goal of the ambitious pilot program, originally the brainchild of
 Rep. Elizabeth M. Dennigan, is to distribute 100,000 books over the next seven
 months to elementary school children in Rhode Island who might not ordinarily
 have access to them.  From April through October, new and used books will be
 collected and donated to children at Books Are Wings events held at libraries
 throughout the state.
     "I began this project to give kids access to books that they might not
 have otherwise," said Representative Dennigan, who represents District 82 in
 East Providence and Pawtucket.  "I am thrilled that the Books Are Wings
 program by going statewide will now have the opportunity to touch the lives of
 hundreds of thousands of children statewide."
     SuperPages by Verizon (formerly Verizon Yellow Pages) is sponsoring the
 seven-month-long program in collaboration with Citadel Communications
 Corporation -- which is coordinating this multi-faceted program, the Rhode
 Island public library system and the Rhode Island public school system.
     Tuesday's events began at 3:30 p.m. with a sponsor's reception in the
 State Room of the Rhode Island State House.  Todd Sanislow, Rhode Island
 general manager for Verizon Information Services, which publishes Verizon's
 phone book, SuperPages, and online directory and shopping Web site,
 SuperPages.com, Citadel Communications Corporation employees, elected
 officials, teachers, librarians and elementary school students from East
 Providence will be celebrated at the event.
     "Literacy touches everyone throughout Rhode Island, and throughout the
 country.  As part of our mandate to be the premier print and on-line directory
 provider, Verizon Information Services is helping to build literate
 communities," said Sanislow.  "Books Are Wings is a natural adjunct to other
 literacy programs in Rhode Island like the BookPass -- a Volunteers in
 Providence Schools program -- supported by Verizon SuperPages and
 SuperPages.com."
     At 5:30 p.m., the celebration continues with the first Books Are Wings
 program night at the Weaver Library in East Providence.  Providence College
 basketball star John Linehan kicks off the festivities, which features free
 books and prizes, music, a dance contest, face painting and refreshments for
 children and their families.
     The party celebrating literacy is just the first of many to be held in
 public libraries across the state.  Between April and June, and again from
 September through October, up to 50 libraries in Rhode Island will hold weekly
 Books Are Wings parties, where children will receive free books and special
 "no homework" coupons they can bring to school.
     During the program, people will be asked to donate new or used books at
 their local libraries, which will in turn be distributed at the weekly Books
 Are Wings program nights.
     For three years, Representative Dennigan has coordinated the program out
 of her Rumford home with help from her four daughters and various volunteers,
 who collected, sorted and distributed the books to schools, doctor's offices
 and summer camps.
     "I would like to sincerely thank Verizon for helping the Books Are Wings
 program blossom and reach its full potential," said Representative Dennigan.
 "Now children from all across the Ocean State will be able to discover the
 joys of reading."
 
     About Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com
     Verizon Information Services is a world leading print and online directory
 publisher and a content provider for communications products and services.
 The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of
 more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.  The company
 provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly
 2,300 directory titles in 48 states and the District of Columbia and
 17 countries outside the U.S.  This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory
 titles with a total circulation of approximately 110 million copies in the
 U.S. and 37 million copies internationally.
     Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the
 Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource.  SuperPages.com
 has received up to 7.7 million visits and 3.4 million unique visitors per
 month, and is the exclusive Yellow Pages provider on Excite, Lycos, AOL
 Service, AOL.com, Digital City, HotBot, and BigFoot.  Based in the Dallas
 area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc.
 (NYSE:   VZ), which was formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Information Services
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst grins, games and the
 tempest of turning pages, a new statewide literacy initiative known as Books
 Are Wings launches during two events held this afternoon.
     The goal of the ambitious pilot program, originally the brainchild of
 Rep. Elizabeth M. Dennigan, is to distribute 100,000 books over the next seven
 months to elementary school children in Rhode Island who might not ordinarily
 have access to them.  From April through October, new and used books will be
 collected and donated to children at Books Are Wings events held at libraries
 throughout the state.
     "I began this project to give kids access to books that they might not
 have otherwise," said Representative Dennigan, who represents District 82 in
 East Providence and Pawtucket.  "I am thrilled that the Books Are Wings
 program by going statewide will now have the opportunity to touch the lives of
 hundreds of thousands of children statewide."
     SuperPages by Verizon (formerly Verizon Yellow Pages) is sponsoring the
 seven-month-long program in collaboration with Citadel Communications
 Corporation -- which is coordinating this multi-faceted program, the Rhode
 Island public library system and the Rhode Island public school system.
     Tuesday's events began at 3:30 p.m. with a sponsor's reception in the
 State Room of the Rhode Island State House.  Todd Sanislow, Rhode Island
 general manager for Verizon Information Services, which publishes Verizon's
 phone book, SuperPages, and online directory and shopping Web site,
 SuperPages.com, Citadel Communications Corporation employees, elected
 officials, teachers, librarians and elementary school students from East
 Providence will be celebrated at the event.
     "Literacy touches everyone throughout Rhode Island, and throughout the
 country.  As part of our mandate to be the premier print and on-line directory
 provider, Verizon Information Services is helping to build literate
 communities," said Sanislow.  "Books Are Wings is a natural adjunct to other
 literacy programs in Rhode Island like the BookPass -- a Volunteers in
 Providence Schools program -- supported by Verizon SuperPages and
 SuperPages.com."
     At 5:30 p.m., the celebration continues with the first Books Are Wings
 program night at the Weaver Library in East Providence.  Providence College
 basketball star John Linehan kicks off the festivities, which features free
 books and prizes, music, a dance contest, face painting and refreshments for
 children and their families.
     The party celebrating literacy is just the first of many to be held in
 public libraries across the state.  Between April and June, and again from
 September through October, up to 50 libraries in Rhode Island will hold weekly
 Books Are Wings parties, where children will receive free books and special
 "no homework" coupons they can bring to school.
     During the program, people will be asked to donate new or used books at
 their local libraries, which will in turn be distributed at the weekly Books
 Are Wings program nights.
     For three years, Representative Dennigan has coordinated the program out
 of her Rumford home with help from her four daughters and various volunteers,
 who collected, sorted and distributed the books to schools, doctor's offices
 and summer camps.
     "I would like to sincerely thank Verizon for helping the Books Are Wings
 program blossom and reach its full potential," said Representative Dennigan.
 "Now children from all across the Ocean State will be able to discover the
 joys of reading."
 
     About Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com
     Verizon Information Services is a world leading print and online directory
 publisher and a content provider for communications products and services.
 The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of
 more than $4.1 billion and employs more than 11,000 people.  The company
 provides sales, publishing and other related services for nearly
 2,300 directory titles in 48 states and the District of Columbia and
 17 countries outside the U.S.  This includes more than 1,600 Verizon directory
 titles with a total circulation of approximately 110 million copies in the
 U.S. and 37 million copies internationally.
     Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the
 Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource.  SuperPages.com
 has received up to 7.7 million visits and 3.4 million unique visitors per
 month, and is the exclusive Yellow Pages provider on Excite, Lycos, AOL
 Service, AOL.com, Digital City, HotBot, and BigFoot.  Based in the Dallas
 area, Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc.
 (NYSE:   VZ), which was formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Information Services

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