SAG Foundation Releases Storyline Online Video Featuring Rita Moreno

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has released the newest video to its children's literacy website Storyline Online (storylineonline.net): I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and read by legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno. To help inspire a love of reading in children, Story Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children's books.

"I was thrilled to read I Need My Monster for Storyline Online," said Rita Moreno, actor and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient. "Reading aloud to a child is one of the best ways to inspire imagination and a love of the written word, and Storyline Online is an outstanding resource for children, parents and teachers to achieve this goal."

In addition to earning an Oscar®, two Emmys®, a Tony®, a Grammy®, the Latin Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts, Moreno will receive the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards® on January 18, 2014 for her career achievements and humanitarian work including her work with the SAG Foundation's children's literacy programs. Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as Storyline Online readers along with Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo and others.

"The SAG Foundation takes pride in providing a venue for actors to give back through their natural storytelling talents," said JoBeth Williams, SAG Foundation President. "We are so honored to have this year's SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno join the ranks of our Storyline Online readers and help us in the important task of promoting children's literacy in schools and at home."

On Thursday, January 23, Moreno will read I Need My Monster to second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkley, California.

With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide.

Visit Storyline Online at storylineonline.net.

About The Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children's literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the SAG Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain our programs and create new ones. For more information, visit sagfoundation.org. Follow the SAG Foundation on Twitter (twitter.com/SAGFoundation), Facebook (facebook.com/SAGFoundation), Youtube (youtube.com/SAGFoundation) and Instagram (instagram.com/sagfoundation).

About the SAG Awards
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season's premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year's Actor® recipients will be announced at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center during a live simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A Primetime encore presentation will follow immediately on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT). A live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed online onsagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. (Viewers must sign in using their TV provider user name and password in order to view the live stream.)

Prior to the televised ceremony, recipients of the honors for television and film stunt ensembles will be announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show hosted by People magazine's Deputy Managing Editor Peter Castro and TNT Correspondent Danielle Demski, which will be webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT).

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about, "like" us atfacebook.com/sagawardsofficialpage, follow us at twitter.com/sagawards, follow us on Google+ at google.com/+SAGawards, on Instagram at@sagawards, and on Tumblr at sagawards.tumblr.com.




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