January 13, 2010

When Librarians Attack!

Librarians, sharpen your pencils. You’ve got until this Friday, January 15 (midnight EST sharp, otherwise you'll be charged late fees) to submit your very best idea to help kids get excited about reading. One that’s good enough to make them put down the DJ Hero and pick up a good Danielle Steel. (It didn't suggest Danielle Steel in the press release, btw; that was my idea. "Charlotte’s Web” or “James and the Giant Peach” would also be OK.)

You’ll be competing for a grand prize of $2,500, courtesy of bestselling adult (and young adult) author James Patterson and his website ReadKiddoRead. Send your top idea, along with all of the pertinent details listed below, to info@earlyword.com.

1) Your name, address, name of your library and your job title

2) The name of your program (extra points here for creativity)

3) An outline of your plans (please be specific) for a program to instill a passion for reading in young adults in your community. The program should run between February 1 and May 30, 2010. Include the number of kids you expect to reach and which other community organizations, if any, you plan to work with.

Now for even more fine print. The top 10 proposals will be chosen by a panel of judges on or before February 12, 2010. Each of the top 10 semi-finalists will receive a video camera (thanks to Kodak) so that they can document the results of their plans, to be submitted by May 30, 2010.

One grand winner will be selected from the top 10 and will win $2,500 for their library. Last but not least, the winner will be announced on June 15, 2010.

Whew. I thought my college entrance exam was hard! May the best librarian win.

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