Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Vote Now for Nutmeg Award Favorite!

Here's a reminder from Mary O'Neill, Children's Librarian at the Ridgefield Library.

It is a new year, and that means resolutions, fresh calendar pages and Nutmeg Book Award voting! During the month of January, students in grades four to eight are welcome to come to Children’s Services at the Ridgefield Library and vote for their favorite Nutmeg book. Sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Educational Media Association (CEMA), and awarded annually, the Nutmeg Book Award encourages all Connecticut students to read ten nominated titles over the course of a year and to vote for their favorite. The titles are selected by committees of Connecticut public librarians, school library media specialists, classroom teachers and student readers. The books, which must be newly published works of fiction of exceptional quality, are nominated for the award in two categories: intermediate for grades 4, 5 and 6 and teen for grades 7 and 8. Students need not read all ten titles in their category in order to vote, but can only vote once, either at school or at the Library.

Did your child participate in the Nutmeg Nibblers book discussions we held last summer and fall? The Nibblers read all ten nominated titles, so children who took part will be all set to choose whichever title they feel should get the award! We hope you drop by before the 31st to cast your ballot for your favorite Nutmeg book of the year. Then, check our website in early February to find out who the winners were, as well as the highly anticipated NEW 2009 Nutmeg titles in both categories!


School is closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but the Library is open and will be offering a special program in honor of the occasion. Children ages 5 and up are invited to “Woven Tales” with storyteller Gwendolyn Quezaire Presutti, at 11:30 AM in the Dayton Program Room.

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