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National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced

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pwc library(Prince William County, VA, 10/08/2013… The Prince William Public Library System is pleased to announce two winners in the 2013 “A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest. This program asks rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.  Out of the 17 entries from Prince William, the Prince William Public Library System had 2 state finalists, George Layton from Nokesville Neighborhood Library and Elizabeth Sullivan from Bull Run Regional Library.  George wrote about Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and Elizabeth wrote about Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

“We are so excited that our students were recognized and we believe strongly in summer reading for teens,” said Nancy Schleh, youth services supervisor at Bull Run Regional Library.  More than 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this, the second year of the contest. Launched in 2012 with the D.C. Public Library, “A Book That Shaped Me” expanded with the help of public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The local libraries offered the contest as part of their summer reading programs.

Five finalists per state were chosen in an initial round of judging. The finalists each will receive a $50 gift-card prize. That judging was conducted by members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The AASL works to ensure all elementary and secondary school librarians participate as collaborative partners in the teaching and learning process.

The grand-prize judging round, which selected state and grand-prize winners from the pool of state finalists, was conducted by a panel assembled by the Library of Congress that included educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.

Each state winner will receive another $50 gift-card prize and have travel costs covered to attend the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The first, second, and third place grand-prize winners will be awarded additional gift card prizes in the amounts of $200, $150, and $100 respectively.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through its website,

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