The Quahog Book Award

The Quahog Book Award is an award that will be chosen by Mattapoisett Youth.    It will encourage children in grades 3-6 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.  Each grade level will be given their own list of ten nominated books from which they can read as many titles as they choose.   Voting on their favorites will be done by ballot at the library during the week of April 23-27.  Four awards will be given, one for each grade.  The awards will be placed on the books similar to a caldecott award.  The awards will only be placed on copies of the books belonging to the Mattapoisett Library.  This award is being done only at our library and is not part of a national program or the SAILS Library Network.  We are offering it as a winter reading program to the local children.  This is the second year we are holding the award/program and it is only being offered to grades 3-6.  After last year’s success we have decided to hold a Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6:00-7:30.  Children are encouraged to attend the kick-off to register and receive the appropriate list of books for their grade together with a packet including a reading journal to help them to remember all of the great things they read in each book; and a bookmark that they can stop by the library each week to check in and record their progress…each time they successfully check in they will receive a bead to add to their bookmark.  We have also decided to add on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 during the program a special activity at the library that has to do with their Quahog reading…we will have activities, crafts, games and MORE!

Flyers will be sent home with students at Center School and Old Hammondtown on or around January 3rd .  The students are strongly encouraged to attend the Kick-Off Party to register, however, we will allow students to register at the children’s circulation desk through January 19, 2013.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the library at a pizza party.  All participants in the program will be invited to attend.

Any child who reads at least 5 nominees will be invited to a “SLEEPOVER” in the library called “Quahog Night”.   We will hold a sleepover for the boys on Friday, May 3, 2013 and a sleepover for the girls on Friday, May 10, 2013.  The sleepovers will be from 7PM to 7AM.  There will be snacks, games, movies and crafts offered.  Chaperone will, of course, be present.

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