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Plum Creek 25th Anniversary Campaign

God has been gracious and blessed the Plum Creek Literacy Festival in countless ways over the past 25 years. From our humble beginnings of one day, one author, 200 students in 1996 to three days, 16 authors and more than 15,000 participants in recent years, we thank God and we also stop to reflect and ask, "Where do we go next?"

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The festival has transformed from a local treasure to a state treasure to a national treasure. Its offerings and unique atmosphere make it stand out in contrast to other festivals around the country. We have been able to expand in so many ways- by numbers and by quality. 

We look forward to many more years of high-quality programming for children of all ages and continue to seek ways to reach audiences of children and families and educators that may not otherwise be able to experience the festival. As we look ahead, we are developing a partnership with Nelson Mandela Elementary in Omaha to host a satellite festival during our regular programming. This will involve other area schools in Omaha and take place in Miller Park. Concordia students will be involved in providing programming and connections in between author sessions. 

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As the landscape for learning and literacy continues to evolve, we want to ensure that we are bringing our teachers and librarians the cream of the crop professional development at our adult conference. The experts, creators, and educators and librarians come together for a day of connecting, sharing, and recharging before bringing their new ideas and books back to their workspaces. 

In order to ensure this programming continues, we need your help! As many new children, teachers, librarians, and creators learn about the festival that takes place annually on Concordia University Nebraska's campus each fall, and ask, "Can I take part in that?" We want the answer to be, "Yes!" 

“On a Tilt!” at the Plum Creek Literacy Festival

Seth Boggs and Laurie Zum Hofe debuted their first children's book, "On a Tilt!" at the Plum Creek Literacy Festival

Your support today will help ensure this inspiring celebration of literacy continues to grow in quantity and quality for many years to come.

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In appreciation for your generosity, we would like to offer the following thank you packages: 

While these packages are available for the above levels, we are thankful for any gift of any size! As a reminder, all donations are tax-deductible.

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Fine art limited edition prints by Plum Creek Literacy Festival illustrators
All prints are 11"x14"
- Once Upon a Plum: by Judy Schachner
- Bear Reading: by Janet Stevens
- Dog Reading: by Lita Judge
- Mice: by Matthew Cordell

We are very thankful these dedicated illustrators took the time to capture the joy and spirit of the festival in these one-of-a-kind paintings!

For any questions about the Plum Creek Literacy Festival campaign, please contact:

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Dylan C. Teut, M.Ed., MPhil

Plum Creek Literacy Festival Director, Interim Literacy Faculty