Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yohannes to visit Hennepin Country Library in Minneapolis, MN Tuesday, November 25


Tuesday, November 25
Hennepin County Library
Central Branch
Pholad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall

CNN launched its second annual global search for ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary deeds in February. More than 3,700 nominations were submitted by viewers in 75 countries. CNN's Anderson Cooper announced the 10 honorees Thursday on "American Morning”.
Hennepin Country Library just learned that Yohannes Gebregeorgis was named as one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2008. In order to attend a special celebration for this year’s honorees, Mr. Gebregeorgis had to reschedule his library visit talk. Come meet him in person on November 25, 2008.

Yohannes Gebregeorgis
Children’s literacy advocate and founder of Ethiopia Reads will speak at Minneapolis Central Library

A native of Ethiopia and children’s literacy advocate, Yohannes Gebregeorgis, will share his personal journey about his work setting up libraries and promoting reading in Ethiopia. Growing up in rural Ethiopia with very little access to books, Yohannes was 19 the first time he picked up a book for pleasure. This experience went on to shape his life as a literacy advocate, children’s book author, and co-founder of Ethiopia Reads.

Yohannes now lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he organizes the opening of libraries, continues to publish books, and trains library staff.
There will be books for sale following the event.

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