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Friday, October 10, 2008

2008 CNN Heroes - Yohannes Gebregeorgis

Your vote could bring $100,000 to a wonderful international literacy project. Please go to and vote for Yohannes Gebregeorgis who has established the first children's library in Ethiopia and who is striving to infuse a culture of literacy throughout the country.

Many of you know that Jane Kurtz <>- -an awesome author who grew up as the child of missionaries, in Ethiopia, has been a driving force behind the effort to spread literacy in her childhood home. Ethiopia Reads <> was conceived by Yohannes Gebregeorgis and moved along by many like minded individuals. Jane being one of those people -- however, Yohannes is back in Ethiopia and the on-going force there. He has been selected as one of the top ten heroes by CNN --

Denver, CO -- Yohannes Gebregeorgis, a native of Ethiopia and children's literacy advocate, has been named a Top 10 Hero of the Year by CNN. Mr. Gebregeorgis was selected from more than 3,000 individuals nominated by viewers throughout the year. Finalists were selected by a Blue Ribbon panel of judges that includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and Deepak Chopra. The Top 10 Heroes will be recognized in CNN's "All-Star Tribute" to air on Thanksgiving. Please vote at

You might also wish to read an article at the SLJ site - -For the first time ever a children's librarian has been nominated as one of CNN's top 10 Heroes. Voting is going on now. Thought you might be interested in taking a look at how books do make a difference. SLJ --

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