Monday, October 31, 2011

The Phantom Tollbooth

Was this book a favorite of yours? It's been around for 50 years and is as popular as ever. Read what author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer have to say about this classic:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Writing Contest

The Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Center for the Book invite young readers in grades 4 – 12 to participate in Letters About Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, of any genre—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or classic—explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, Level III, grades 9 - 12.

State winners, announced in March each year, receive a $50 gift certificate to Target as well as a prize from the local sponsoring organizations. National winners, announced in late April, receive additional prizes and earn for their school or community library LAL Reading Promotion Grants valued at thousands of dollars.

LAL focuses on reader response and reflective writing. The program provides free teaching materials, including lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips--all downloadable through the program’s website at
Submissions must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. For information about entering the contest, visit You can also email questions to the Vermont Center for the Book at or to the Department of Libraries at

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

James Patterson is on a Mission

He wants parents to find books that will get their kids reading. Click here to read his op-ed piece that appeared on last week: It received 23,000 face book likes in less than 24 hours, and he will soon be reprinting it in a series of ads in major newspapers. Follow his advice, and bring your child to the library where the choices for good reads are endless.