To cap off this year’s Children’s Book Week, the Emma Clark Library is pleased to announce a new and unique book award, the Helen Stein Shack Children’s Picture Book award.
The purpose of the award is to develop and showcase the young writing and artistic talent that we have in our community. The contest will be open to teens in the Three Village community, and will be divided into two grade categories, grades 7 through 9 and grades 10 through 12, with one winning entry from each group. Each entry can be the work of a single author/illustrator or can be a collaborative effort of an author and an illustrator.
Winning authors will be recognized at annual reception, the first to take place in the spring of 2015. The awards will consist of a monetary scholarship, and the winning entries will be also be bound and added to the Emma Clark Library’s collection. In addition, an e-book will be created for the winning entries! All the teen entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and will be invited to read their works during select children’s story times at the library to earn Community Service credit.
The award is given in memory of Helen Stein Shack by her family. As a teacher, Mrs. Shack was committed to the education of children, and she especially loved literature written for them. She was a frequent visitor to the Children’s Library of the Emma Clark Library where, even in retirement, she kept current with the latest children’s books. The library is grateful to the children of the late Mrs. Shack who have established a substantial endowment with the library to cover the ongoing cost of presenting this annual award.
More information about the award and how to enter will be coming this fall.