LEWISTON – The Lewiston Public Library has been selected by Cornerstones of Science as one of five libraries from across the nation to be a National Partner.

Cornerstones of Science is an award-winning national science literacy initiative originating from Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. As a national partner, the Lewiston Public Library will join Cornerstones in its mission to connect children and adults to science and technology through targeted books, programs and opportunities for community involvement in current scientific issues.

Calling attention to the new initiative is a kiosk in the library’s main lobby, which holds a collection of Cornerstone books as well as program information and related science news.

“Patrons will also notice a Cornerstones presence elsewhere in the library,” said Ellen Gilliam, reference librarian. “Books which have been determined to be outstanding science literature have been marked with special COS spine labels, with gold denoting those books which are tried-and-true Cornerstone’ classics, and blue indicating nominees, i.e., newer books which have been deemed noteworthy but are awaiting full review.”

The books have been pulled from their regular positions in the stacks and shelved together in their own Cornerstones of Science sections in the second-floor nonfiction area and in the children’s department.

The Lewiston Public Library is kicking off its local affiliation with “Read, Write and Win,” a book-review writing contest for youths in grades three to 12. Those reviews judged to be in the top three at each grade level will earn their young authors a gift certificate to a local book store as well as the honor of having their reviews posted on the national Cornerstones Web site for others to read.

Contest participants are asked to read a Cornerstones nominee book and report on it following a set of guidelines. The book titles and the guidelines are posted on the COS Web site: www.cornerstonesofscience.org.

Participants may also get the “Read, Write and Win” contest details at the library’s Cornerstones kiosk. All entries must be received or postmarked by April 24.

Another upcoming library activity falling under the Cornerstones of Science umbrella is a talk by noted botanist Elizabeth Farnsworth scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Callahan Hall of the library’s new Marsden Hartley Cultural Center.

Farnsworth is the co-author of the new edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns. Co-sponsored by the Stanton Bird Club, the event is open to the public free.

More information about these activities and future Cornerstones programs is available by contacting Ellen Gilliam, [email protected], 784-0135, ext. 217, or by visiting the library’s Web site, www.lplonline.org.

Joining the Lewiston Public Library and Curtis Memorial Library as partners in the initiative are libraries in Wareham, Mass.; Little Elm, Texas; Tempe, Ariz.; and Washington, N.C.

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