The library received more than 200 essays from public library attendees in the Mid-Atlantic region. Five finalists from each participating state were chosen and each will receive a $50 gift card. Grand prize finalists will received additional gift cards. Grand-prize winners will read their essays during the “A Book That Shaped Me” presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 5th.
Members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), judged the essays which were submitted through local libraries as part of their summer reading programs. Follow this link to read see the list of winners.