Springfield - Lawrence Education Center has been selected to receive books from the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation. The 2008 NEA's Books Across America Library Award gives $1,000 to 50 schools from across the nation in order to bring the gift of reading to economically disadvantaged public school students. Over 800 schools applied for this award opportunity. Books to be purchased include titles from the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, Newberry Medal Award, Caldecott Medal Award, Illinois Monarch Award List, and Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. Other selections will include Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Dear America series, the Spiderwick Chronicles, Harry Potter books, and Dave Pelzer books. NEA's Books Across America Library Awards are made possible in part with support from corporations and individuals who donated to NEA's Books Across America Fund, the NEA Foundation, and the National Education Association.