The Santa Monica Public Library will announce the winners of the 2008 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature at an awards presentation scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 4th, in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

The winning authors, illustrators and publishers are invited to attend, as well as members of the sustainability community, local press, city staff and the public.

The Green Prize encourages and commends 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 by the city as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Adult Nonfiction, Adult Reference, Adult Local Impact, Youth Nonfiction, Youth Picture Book and Youth Local Impact. An adult and youth honor book will also be announced.

This year’s Green Prize Pioneer Award, created to honor a writer that has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues, will be presented to Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, for his book The Lorax.

A screening of the animated film based on The Lorax will follow the presentation to celebrate the classic book that introduced many children to the idea of sustainability.

Locally-grown refreshments will be provided by the Santa Monica Farmers Market after the ceremony.

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