We began the Freshmen in the Stacks initiative as a small thank you to school and public libraries, but the contest grew in such a beautiful way—into something much bigger than we’d ever imagined. Thanks to our friends at School Library Journal and at Capstone, we received well over a hundred applications, and the applications themselves…we were genuinely moved by the stories shared by librarians. Across the country, these library programs serve all kinds of teens, despite incredible obstacles.
Each of these programs was worthy and deserving, and it was extremely challenging to choose our winners. We wish we could have chosen you all.
A huge congratulations to our two grand prize winners:
Denton Creek High School, Northwest ISD
Submitted by: Librarian Maggie Norris
Davidson Reading Room, Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, Springfield, Ohio
Submitted by: Librarian Shea Ann Herzog
Our Grand Prize winners will receive a copy of all fifteen of our debuts, AND will also receive $1,000 in books and resources, thanks to our generous partner, Capstone Publishing!
Also, congratulations to our thirteen additional “Book Club” winners:
Prescott Public Library/Yavapai Juvenile Justice Center
Librarian: Jennifer Kendall
Adopted by Jen Brooks, author of In a World Just Right
Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy
Librarian: Kathy Schlesinger
Adopted by Lee Kelly, author of City of Savages
Each Book Club winning library will receive ten copies of their adopting author’s debut, plus a virtual visit, and more!
We want to thank all the libraries who applied to us. Your stories truly moved us all. Several of our members would love to be contacted by you for Skype visits or email Q&As outside of this contest. Please contact Lori Goldstein, Jen Brooks, or Jenny Martin to arrange this. Send us an email as we’d love to talk to your students and book clubs!