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Events and Contests


Read for a Lifetime!

Join Secretary of State, Jesse White, and readers across the state in the Read for a Lifetime event. Students can sign up and if they read at least 4 titles from the reading list, they will be recognized with a certificate from Jesse White. Please see Mrs. Bielby to sign up.  The list of titles can be accessed here.

Abraham Lincoln Reader's Choice Award

Read at least 4 of these nominated titles and you will be eligible to vote for the Reader's Choice winner.  In addition, you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize pack from the SHG Library.  See Mrs. Bielby to sign up.

The list of books can be found here.

Letters about Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual national reading and writing program that invites students to read a book, poem, or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world. Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.

There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8 and Level III for grades 9-12.  One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award.  Teachers of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school library.  Winners and teachers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield.  The state winners’ letters will be forwarded for national judging. 

The entry deadline for the 2017 competition is in December. 

See Mrs. Bielby if interested in participating. 


Check out library e-books over the summer!

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