Monday, May 19, 2014

What Book Shaped You?

For the second year, the Fauquier County Public Library is participating in the Library of Congress summer essay contest  “A Book That Shaped Me" to encouraging rising 5th and 6th grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. 

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the contest is held in conjunction with 300 public libraries in the Mid‐Atlantic region. Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2014 are eligible. Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 11, 2014. Librarians at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations – Bealeton, John Marshall and Warrenton – are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.

Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress on October 18. All contest entrants can redeem a free ‘contest prize pack’ at the Library of Congress National Book Festival taking place August 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. 

“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.

Submission forms are available at all Fauquier County Public Libraries as well as on the Library of Congress website. The full list of participating libraries in the Mid‐Atlantic region, more information, and program updates are also available online.

Launched in 2012 with DC Public Library, “A Book That Shaped Me” is expanding throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region in its second year with the help of public libraries in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. More than 300 public libraries are registered to participate.

So, tell us. What book shaped you? 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 


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