Winning Librarians' Fun Facts Get Published in State-by-State Scavenger Hunt Book


Scholastic Announces Winners of "America the Beautiful Scavenger Hunt" Contest


NEW YORK, N.Y. — Nov. 19, 2008 — Think you know a lot about your home state? Try testing your knowledge against your local librarian!

Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) today announced the winners of the “America the Beautiful Scavenger Hunt” contest – 90 librarians who submitted 10-question collections of unusual and fun facts about their states, and whose “scavenger hunts” will be published in a 53rd title in the America the Beautiful, Third Series book series next year called “Fast Facts about the 50 States.”

A new edition of America the Beautiful is being released in batches from fall 2007 through 2009 by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. The beloved book series has been used for years by teachers and librarians to teach research skills, and used by students as an exciting and reliable state-by-state reference.

"Where can you participate in the world’s largest chicken dance?" one librarian asks. The answer? Wayne, NE, at the annual Chicken Show.

"What city in Idaho is the only seaport in Idaho?" another asks. The answer is Lewiston, which is on the Snake River and accessible to large vessels.

"Who better to fill a book full of fascinating state-by-state trivia than librarians from across the country?" said Greg Worrell, President of the Scholastic Classroom and Library Group, a division of Scholastic. "Libraries are centers of information and learning for all of us, and we’re proud to honor this group of librarians by including their scavenger hunts in a special 53rd book in the America the Beautiful series."

The winners are:

Elizabeth Moreau, Anchorage, AK
Lisa Churchill, Homewood, AL
Karen Scott, Alabaster, AL
Melissa Wilson, Cabot, AR
Melisa Rutherford, Blytheville, AR
Brandee MacLean, Winslow, AZ
Michele Harbour, Tucson, AZ
Stephanie Ghinn, Monterey, CA
Shannon Hunsinger, Fresno, CA
Diane Webster, New Castle, CO
Cindi Bryant, Golden, CO
Susan Ritter, New Haven, CT
Lisa Plavin, Manchester, CT
Barbara Miller, Washington, DC
Louisa Romaine, New Castle, DE
Donna Reed, Newark, DE
Joan Molozaiy, Palm Bay, FL
Marie Valletta, Ocala, FL
Patricia Tucker, Savannah, GA
Elaine Walker, Hinesville, GA
Sandra Ongie, Honolulu, HI
Carolyn Kirio, Kapolei, HI
Joy Stoker-Hadow, Cedar Rapids, IA
Karol Dudley, Council Bluffs, IA
Lara Alexander, Boise, ID
Janice Simon, Lewiston, ID
April Johns, Elgin, IL
Kathy Hempel, Barrington IL
Agnes George, Gary, IN
Marcia O'Grady, Overland Park, KS
Roberta Kobbe, Kingman, KS
Prestine Chapman, Falmouth, KY
Suzanne Jameson, Minden, LA
Mia Orgeron, Elton, LA
Cathy Rosenstock, Marlborough, MA
Lyn Holian, Marblehead, MA
Paula Borinsky, Annapolis, MD
Richard Parker, Laytonsville, MD
Patricia Thunell, Edwardsburg, MI
Jacquie Sewell, East Lansing, MI
Elena Williams, Richfield, MN
Susan Boulka, Andover, MN
Cherie LeMay, St. Louis, MO
Diane Burger, Kirksville, MO
Jackie Jernigan, Taylorsville, MS
LouAnne Krantz, Polson, MT
Jean Bardwell, Frenchtown, MT
Cindy Struth, Eden, NC
Holly Pierce, Battleboro, NC
Susan Kempel, Fargo, ND
Karen Retzlaff, McVille, ND
Beth Foulks, Ponca, NE
Paula Ashford, Omaha, NE
Lesley Unger-Mochrie, Rochester, NH
Nancy Polito, Somersworth, NH
Lynn Hotz, Newark, NJ A
lice DiNizo, Brick, NJ
Kathy Barco, Albuquerque, NM
Marla Layman, Clovis, NM
Mary Jo King, Elko, NV
Shannon Broderick, Bellport, NY
Nancy Williams, Stamford, NY
Sharon Touchton, Cincinnati, OH
Mary Gresco, North Royalton, OH
Mary Green, Alva, OK
Carolyn Gutierrez, Claremore, OK
Renee Allen, Lebanon, OR
Julianne Brinker, Milton Freewater, OR
Gail McDonald, Media, PA
Barbara Flynn, Irwin, PA
Susan Baxter, Pawtucket, RI
Lu Bickley, Leesville, SC
Jan Dandridge, North Charleston, SC
Nancy Allee, Collierville, TN
Lynnette Poston, Clarksville, TN
Shangruti Desai, San Antonio, TX
Peggy Shaw, Beamont, TX
Beverly Stout, Sandy, UT
Susan Huff, West Jordan, UT
Joyce Nelson, Dillwyn, VA
Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville, VA
Cheryl Cox, Springfield, VT
Martha Allen, Canaan, VT
Deborah Allen, Shelton, WA
Kaylene Flanary, Bellingham, WA
Ann Salt, Eau Claire, WI
Anita Folgert, Peshtigo, WI
Pamela Mann, Berkeley Springs, WV
Holly Baker, Cody, WY
Mary Wegher, Gillette, WY
*Scavenger hunts for Maine, South Dakota and Puerto Rico will be written by America the Beautiful editors.

Each winning librarian will receive a free 52-book America the Beautiful collection – one book for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – and, of course, a copy of the 53rd title when it’s published.


Tyler Reed