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Library of Congress launched online game enticing young people to read classics

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A new interactive game that entices young people to read by challenging them to interact with classic storybook characters, is now online at the Library of Congress' reading-promotion website

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In "Readers to the Rescue", players "save" favorite storybook characters like Pinnochio, Humpty-Dumpty, Sleeping Beauty, Dorothy, Anne of Green Gables, Dracula, and others who've been "stolen" from their book's pages.

Players place these heroes in the blank spaces in a story, and that results in one of 36 possible short animated films. At the end, readers are able to unlock a classic children's online book to read.

The 36 books also include "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", "The Arabian Nights", "Rapunzel, "The Three Bears", "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", among others.

The game, developed by students at the Laycock Center for Creativity & Collaboration at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is a project of the Library of Congress, Brigham Young University and the Ad Council.

"It doesn’t matter where you read, it matters that you read," said Jeff Sheets, director of the Laycock Center. "We tried to use the same technology that takes these kids away from reading, to bring them back to reading."

A goal of this initiative is to recognize that "reading online, or in any format should be at the center of literacy efforts," the Library said in its Jan. 24. statement announcing the launch.

"Readers to the Rescue" is an adventure in wonderland on the Web.