Sample Press Release: Love Your Library License Plate
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|"LOVE YOUR LIBRARY" LICENSE PLATE AVAILABLE
Library lovers can show their appreciation with a new "Love Your Library" license plate available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
The plate features a design logo of books, computer keyboard, and other library icons and includes the words "READ * LEARN * EXPLORE." It is available to anyone with a passenger or commercial vehicle registered in New York State.
The annual renewal fee from the sale of the "Love Your Library" license plate goes to support Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
Extensive research has shown that library summer reading programs help prevent learning losses over the summer. Losses add up year-by-year and are one reason for the academic gap between low-and high- income children. Summer Reading at New York Libraries makes books, computer activities, and other reading-related activities available to youngsters in every community throughout the state.
Assemblywoman Sandra R. Galef and Senator Hugh Farley cosponsored the special legislation creating the "Love Your Library" license plate. The plate was announced at a press conference in June 2005 by Renato Donato, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education Carole Huxley.
To see a photo of the "Love Your Library" license plate, or for more information about Summer Reading at New York Libraries, go to the New York State Library web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov and point to "Love Your Library License Plate."
The initial cost for the "Love Your Library" license plate with a number assigned by the Department of Motor Vehicles is $53.75 with an annual renewal fee of $25. A personalized version of the "Love Your Library" plate is available for $85, with an annual renewal fee of $56.25. The annual renewal fee is in addition to the regular registration fee, which is billed every two years. In every case, the $25 annual renewal fee goes to the Love Your Library Fund, which supports Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
New Yorkers can order the "Love Your Library" license plate by going to the DMV web site at www.dmv.ny.gov, calling the DMV Custom Plates office at 518/402-4828, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or by visiting any DMV issuing office.