On Sunday, April 15, 2018 Library Director Catherine Penkert unveiled the winners of Saint Paul Public Library's annual I Read! I Vote! bookmark contest. I Read! I Vote! is SPPL's program celebrating the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA). The contest challenges students to design bookmarks based on one of the nominated MYRA titles. This year, we were pleased to recruit a distinguished panel of judges to help choose the winners. The panel included Mayor Melvin Carter III, Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools Joe Gothard, and Library Director Penkert.
“I Read! I Vote! is one of Saint Paul Public Library’s signature programs,” said Library Director Catherine Penkert. “It puts the power in children’s hands to choose the books that speak to them and helps them develop a love of reading. We are delighted that Mayor Carter and Superintendent Gothard can take part this year in selecting the winners of the bookmark contest—certainly no easy task with so many great choices!”
We had 12 talented finalists, four in each category this year. Three winners will received $40 gift certificates, a certificate of achievement, and will have their winning design distributed throughout Saint Paul. Without further ado, the winners!
- The winner of the Star of the North category for grades K-2: 1st grader Abdoh Hamdan, whose bookmark design was inspired by The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan.
- The winner of the Maud Hart Lovelace Division 1 category, for grades 3-5: 5th grader Livina Schubert, whose bookmark design was inspired by The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye.
- The winner of the Maud Hart Lovelace Division II category, for grades 6-8: 6th grader Lucy Selly, whose bookmark design was inspired by The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
The winners' bookmarks will be available at all Saint Paul Public Library locations. Pick one up today!