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Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award | A Vote Equals a Voice!

Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!

Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
  • You do not have to read every book to participate
  • Vote for your favorite book in March!

That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:

  • Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
  • Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?

Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!

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Posted in Library News

Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award – A Vote Equals a Voice!

Have you ever watched an awards show and thought, “I NEVER would have voted for that movie to win!” Or have you read an award-winning book and thought, “Really?! What were they thinking?!” If so, the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is for you! This is a book award that gives you, the reader, a voice! Every year, fifteen of the very best books are nominated. These books are all written by North American authors, and have been published within the last five years. They really are the best of the best, but the winning book needs your vote!

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Participating in the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award is a snap. Here’s how to do it:

  • Read (or listen to) at least three books from the list of nominated titles
  • You do not have to read every book to participate
  • Vote for your favorite book in March!

That’s all there is to it. Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark with the list of nominated titles. Better yet, check out one of the books while you’re here! And once you’ve read a book or two, leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it. Some things you might include in your comment are:

  • Did the book live up to your expectations based on the plot summary?
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • Did you like this book more or less than other books you’ve read recently?
  • Would you vote for this book to win the Pennsylvania Readers’ Choice Award?

Remember, your favorite book needs YOUR vote to win!

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“Chapter Chat” with PA Author Dianne Salerni!

On Wednesday, December 2, Pennsylvania author Dianne Salerni stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a “Chapter Chat” that was part of Hey-YA Needs Diversity, a Ridley Professional Institute course. All of the teachers in the class read Dianne’s historical young adult novel, The Caged Graves, and enjoyed talking with the author about how she was inspired to write the book and what other projects she has in the works. The Caged Graves is a Civil War-era novel set in Catawissa, PA, that explores the mystery of why two — and only two — graves in the area are enclosed in iron cages. These “mortsafes” are real, and right here in PennsylvaniaWe truly loved the book and our time with Dianne, and look forward to sharing The Caged Graves with our students!Salerni_Visit

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Lunch with a Local Author, Part II

On Thursday, July 9, Pennsylvania author Tiffany Schmidt stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a Lunch with a Local Author, which was part of the brand new Ridley Professional Institute course called Hey-YA Needs Diversity. Tiffany is the author of the young adult novels Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath. She also recently wrote the wonderful picture book, The Adventures of Black Dog. Each of the teachers in Hey-YA Needs Diversity read her choice of Tiffany’s books. This made for a lively discussion about how she finds inspiration for her writing, the publishing business, and what amazing books we need to add to our “to-read” lists. Getting to know Tiffany and learning more about her young adult novels has made us even more excited to share them with our students this coming school year!

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Lunch with a Local Author, Part I

On Wednesday, July 8, Pennsylvania author Dianne Salerni stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a Lunch with a Local Author, which was part of a brand new Ridley Professional Institute course called Hey-YA Needs Diversity. All of the teachers in the class read Dianne’s historical young adult novel, The Caged Graves, and enjoyed talking with the author about how she was inspired to write the book and what other projects she has in the works. The Caged Graves is a Civil War-era novel set in Catawissa, PA, that explores the mystery of why two — and only two — graves in the area are enclosed in iron cages. These “mortsafes” are real, and right here in PennsylvaniaWe truly loved the book and our time with Dianne, and look forward to sharing The Caged Graves with our students in the fall!

Lunch with Dianne Salerni