“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thoughts on a Tuesday night

National Reading Program Provides Free Year-Round Programming for Schools and Public Libraries: Get kids excited about reading with the national Great Scavenger Hunt Contest TM reading program. Adopted by more than 250 school and public libraries, The Hunt provides a monthly trivia contest for readers ages 8 – 19, based on over 300 young adult and middle grade novels. Readers select a book and answer ten trivia questions accompanied by a special note from the author. Plus readers with winning entries are entered into the monthly drawing to win a $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice; and when a reader wins, their library wins too: a tote bag filled with a choice of Hunt books for its collection.

Founded by young adult author Kay Cassidy, The Hunt was created to assist librarians as they face severe budget cuts. “As an author and proud owner of a well-worn library card,” says Cassidy, “I wanted to give back to all the librarians whose book recommendations have fed my imagination over the years and helped me grow as a writer.”

Debbie Henricks, from the Evergreen Community Library in Metamora, OH, expresses thanks that “in these tough economic times when we are all trying to cut back, it is great to know that there is someone out there that encourages teens to use their public libraries.”

“I LOVE the Great Scavenger Hunt Contest TM! It is a great way to introduce books to teens and it is free. Who doesn’t love trivia?” adds Jennifer Nash of the Wallingford Public Library in Wallingford, CT.

Bonnie Mickler, of the Dubois Middle School in Dubois, IN, likes the immediate gratification that the program provides readers and says “the students just print off the trivia challenges to answer and return to me. Using the 'answer key' link I am able to give them immediate feedback as to whether their hunt was successful or not. Great program!"

“These books are flying off the display I created,” adds Sarah DiLorenzo of the McAlester Public Library in McAlester, OK.

To get books to fly off your shelves, register online at The Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM website.

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And, if you're looking for books for readers 9-12 and 12 and up, see the latest offerings from KidsBuzz. You'll get the inside scoop on what inspired the authors to write their books -- plus a chance to win a signed copy or two.

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