Freshmen in the Stacks

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:

Wixom Public Library
Librarian: Stephanie Charlefour
Adopted by Chandler Baker, author of Alive

South Irving Public Library
Librarian: Mary Hinson
Adopted by Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter

Prescott Public Library/Yavapai Juvenile Justice Center
Librarian: Jennifer Kendall
Adopted by Jen Brooks, author of In a World Just Right

T.C. Williams High School
Librarian: Beth Ebenstein Mulch
Adopted by Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction

Wallace Jr./Sr. High School
Librarian: Katie Bauer
Adopted by Lori Goldstein, author of Becoming Jinn

Washington County Free Library
Librarian: Cyndi Powell
Adopted by Charlotte Huang, author of For the Record

Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy
Librarian: Kathy Schlesinger
Adopted by Lee Kelly, author of City of Savages

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Librarian: Michael Cherry
Adopted by Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Librarian: Andrea Bair
Adopted by Kim Liggett, author of Blood and Salt

Akron North High School
Librarian: Cassandra Rondinella
Adopted by Jenny Martin, author of Tracked

Springfield High School of Commerce
Librarian: Allegra D’Ambruoso
Adopted by Kim Savage, author of After the Woods

West Bend Community Memorial Library
Librarian: Hannah Kane
Adopted by Jenn Marie Thorne, author of The Wrong Side of Right

Defiance Public Library
Librarian: Pamela Rellstab
Adopted by Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes

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!

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