'A Book That Shaped Me'

Petworth Library

'A Book That Shaped Me'

Rising fifth- and sixth-graders asked to write

The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest with public libraries encouraging rising fifth- and sixth-grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives. DC Public Libraries are participating in this program, including the Petworth Library.

Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 on the National Mall.

Students entering fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2013 are eligible. Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the library. The deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 12. Children's librarians at Petworth Library are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.

"A Book That Shaped Me" will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children's authors, and Library of Congress staff.

Submission forms are available at the Petworth Library. Come by and get yours today!