This year, the Santa Monica Public Library will award the second annual Green Prizes for Sustainable Literature, sponsored by the City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Programs Division and the Santa Monica Public Library.

Four Green Prizes will be awarded in October in Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Youth Fiction and Youth Nonfiction.

The Green Prize was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.

Sustainability is defined as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same” (“Sustainable City Plan,” City of Santa Monica). Winners of the 2007 Green Prize are listed at www.smpl.org/green prize.htm/.

Books published in the United States during the 2007 calendar year are eligible for the prize. Publishers, authors, librarians and the public may submit titles for consideration.

Criteria include effective presentation of material, distinctive literary quality, and originality of scholarship.

Youth titles to be considered should have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Titles may be submitted for consideration by following guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library Web site shown below. Books from publishers and authors or titles suggested by the public must be submitted by March 31st.

From the initial application process, a selection committee consisting of librarians and local authorities on sustainable issues will choose a group of finalists. The winning titles, which demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective categories, will be selected from this group and announced at a presentation ceremony in Santa Monica scheduled in October. The presentation date will be announced in the summer.

Information about the Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, www.smpl.org/greenprize.htm/, or (310) 458-8600.

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