Writing Contest: Letters About Literature
A book is more than just a collection of words. A book can have a direct and concrete impact on a life. For children and youth, a book can help them transcend difficult situations – like bullying, peer pressure or prejudice – or help them cope with loss and disappointment.
Letters about Literature (LAL) is s writing contest for young readers in grades 4-12, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Wisconsin Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story or poem describing how the work changed the students’ view of the world or of themselves. Students are asked to do reflective writing rather than a book report. Entries are judged at both the state and national levels and prizes are awarded for the best letter at various grade levels.
LAL awards thousands of dollars each year through state and national prizes. This year, the 23rd annual writing contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.
Last year, some 50,000 students from around the United States (including 400 from Wisconsin) entered the competition.
Details on the program can be found on the Web site www.read.gov/letters. The site also outlines lesson plans for teachers who want to incorporate the Letters about Literature program into their curriculum as well as information on how LAL relates to the Common Core State Standards.
There are two postmark deadlines for submissions. For submissions from grades 9-12 it’s Dec. 4, 2015; for submissions from grades 4-8 it’s Jan. 11, 2016.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's summer reading program a success!
Congratulations to this year's grand prize winners!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Why 1,000 books?
"Everyone wants to do the best for their baby. Looking at books with your child every day is one of the most important things you can do for his/her future. Sharing books together strengthens your child's foundation for learning. Pointing at pictures in a book, saying rhymes, singing songs, writing words, and playing together makes your child more ready for school. Your baby's ability to learn grows from interacting with you, not a screen or educational toy. Plant the seed for lifelong learning by growing a reading relationship with your baby." -Growing Wisconsin Readers
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is open to all area children who have not yet started 5-year-old kindergarten. Participation is easy and free. Stop by the library or use our online registration form to sign up. Record each book you and your child read together on your reading log. You can count books heard at story time, daycare, and at school. In recognition of your reading achievements, your child will earn a book to keep at the 100, 300, 600, and 1,000 book levels. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is supported in part by the New Glarus Community Foundation.
Preschool Story Time
Join Children's Librarian, Ignacia, for stories, songs, and crafts! Preschool story times are held on most Fridays, at 10:15 a.m. from Sept. to May in the Library.
Children's Librarian, Ignacia Boersma (r), had a bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Story Time on Oct. 14, 2011 with some help from Library Page Braxton Schafer. Photo courtesy of Janis Merkle.
Call the New Glarus Public Library Story Line @ 527-4363 to hear a folktale, poem or song at nap time, bedtime or anytime! Story Line is sponsored by the Friends of the New Glarus Public Library.
The Friends of the New Glarus Public Library provide children’s board books and bibs to the library for distribution to new babies in the New Glarus area. If you know of an eligible baby, please, contact New Glarus Public Library staff for a special reading care package to be sent to the family.
New Glarus Public Library sends a big "thank you" to the New Glarus Community Foundation for funds to purchase our children's computer. The AWE Early Literacy Station offers lots of fun learning games in both English and Spanish. It is a big hit with our younger patrons, especially the touch screen feature. If you haven't seen it yet, stop by the Library and try it out!