CITGO INNOVATION ACADEMY
Here is your chance to impact the CITGO Innovation Academy for years to come!
You may have noticed that throughout the year the CITGO Innovation Academy has been spotlighting the Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice Books and now all that attention is being focused on the Abraham Lincoln Award Voting!
From March to October every year, the Lincoln Committee in the state of Illinois compiles all the nominated books throughout the state. Nominations are made by teacher, librarians but mostly students like you. In October and November all those nominations are compiled into a list that librarians, public and school, pare down to the short list. (Last years list went from 268 nominated titles to 75.) Then in February, librarians and students from all over Illinois come together in the middle of the state to create a list of the best books of the year. Once the list is put together, students spend a year reading as many of the titles as they can. Anyone who has read at least 3 titles gets to vote for their top pick!
Libraries all across Illinois submit the tally to the Lincoln Committee and they notify the author that their book has won our state award and finally the winner is announced to readers!
You may think, “What is the big deal for an author about winning a state award?”
Books don’t stay in print forever. When an author gets their book published, the publisher guarantees a certain number of copies and when they are sold the book might go “out of print”.
BUT…..if a book wins awards, then it may never go out of print (or at the very least it may get reprinted through the original publisher).
So you voting, means that great books stay published and that students years from now will be able to get a copy of a book that you loved when you were in high school! It is a pretty great way of impact students in the future and tell them, “This book meant something to me!”
So...if you have read 3 copies of the books listed or pictured, make sure you stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and vote. It only takes a moment. And also, ICE CREAM!
See you at the polls!
Dawn Scuderi has a Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. This is her 3rd year as Library Director at LHS.
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