Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages Introduces New Storytelling Series at the Boston Public Library

Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages Introduces New Storytelling Series at the Boston Public Library

Company Also Announces "Get an IDEA" Essay Contest

April 23, 1999

Media contact: Stephanie Hobbs, (703) 289-0607
Phil Santoro, (978) 762-1326

BOSTON -- Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages this morning joined the Boston Public Library in announcing a $15,000 donation to fund a new storytelling series. An audience of more than 300 children filled the library's Rabb Auditorium to watch noted storyteller Laura Simms present the first performance of the "Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages Storytelling Series."

During her performance, Simms shared folk tales and her own true story about how a dentist's daughter became a storyteller. Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages' donation will fund 26 storytelling performances throughout branches of the Boston Public Library system from April through August. The events will feature stories and folk tales from a group of nationally recognized storytellers.

Stevan Brinkert, vice president of Northeast sales for Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages, began the event by presenting the $15,000 donation to Boston Public Library President Bernard Margolis.

"Bell Atlantic's funding for this new storytelling series is part of a company-wide commitment to improving children's literacy," said Brinkert. "By helping children harness the power of their imagination, storytelling encourages them to open books and explore their minds."

At the event, Brinkert also announced that Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages is sponsoring an essay contest for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Entries for the "Get an IDEA" essay contest will identify the best idea of the twentieth century, and suggest how the idea can be improved for the 21st century. Three winners will each receive $1,000 savings bonds, and will join Bell Atlantic spokesperson James Earl Jones at a reading at the Boston Public Library on June 15, 1999. Entry forms are available at branches of the Boston Public Library. The contest supports the Yellow Pages Publishers Association's "Get an IDEA" campaign.

"Libraries offer people of all ages new ways to look at and interact with the world around them, " said Margolis. "The storytelling series represents another way for our library to bring the magic of learning to a new generation of readers, and we are proud to be a part of Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages' efforts."

Founded by an act of the Massachusetts Great and General Court in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first free and publicly supported municipal library in the world. Among its many distinctions, the BPL was the first library to institute a formal system of neighborhood branches linked to a central library and a pioneer in the development of special services to children, young adults and senior citizens.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping directories. Its affiliate, Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services, is the creator of BigYellowSM,

a leading national online shopping service.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines and 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high- growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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