Voting is now open for the Young Adult Library Services Association's annual Teens' Top Ten, a reading list selected by and for teens across the United States. Readers age 12 to 18 can vote online for the Top Ten, from among 26 titles nominated by 15 teen book groups from public and school libraries.
Vote here. Voting ends Friday, September 17. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.
Macy's at the Oakland Mall in Troy will hold its fifth annual Spelling Bee on September 11 from 2 to 4 pm. Children ages 8 to 10 are welcome to compete in the local spelling bee at 500 W. 14 Mile Road. The winner will join winners from around the country for the Spelling Bee final at Macy's Herald Square on September 26 in New York City. Visit Macy's online to find out more.
Check out vocabulary lists and helpful books such as Spelling Rules by Ann Heinrichs here in the Troy Public Library Youth Services department.
To celebrate the movie's release, stop by the Library's Youth area reference desk to pick up an entry form for your chance to win a prize. Just tell us your favorite story set on a farm. Entries will be placed in a drawing for a T-shirt or journal with Nanny McPhee on a motorcycle.
This contest is for readers ages 5 and up. The Contest ends September 10. Prizes will be awarded beginning September 13.
The first annual Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival, sponsored by the Community House of Birmingham and the Baldwin Public Library, is holding a crime and mystery short story contest for teens age 13 to 18. The first place winner will receive $250 and will be invited to attend a gala celebrating the life and achievements of Michigan writer Elmore Leonard. The second and third place prizes are $100 and $50 respectively.
Click here for more details about this exciting opportunity for aspiring young writers. The submission deadline is October 1.
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Dive into Savings for College, the annual partnership between the Library of Michigan Foundation and Michigan's two 529 college plans (MET & MESP), begins on June 1, and continues until August 13. This is your chance to win $1,500 dollars for your under 13 year old student's college education and $1,000 for the Troy Public Library simply filling out and mailing one entry form per child.
Additionally this year, there will be $10,000 worth of instant prizes - 1,000 individual prizes statewide - that parents of Troy Library Summer Reading Program participants can try to win. Participants will need to register and log in a book to qualify for a sticker that will have a magic code. Check the code on this website to instantly see if your child has won a $10 Meijer gift card. There are limited quanities of stickers.
In 2009, the $1,000 Library winners were: Stair Public Library; J.C. Wheeler Library; Ogemaw Library; Hazel Park Memorial Library; Plymouth District Library; and Kent District Library - Krause.
Thank you to all contestants in the Troy Library's Children's Book Week bookmark contest. Each entry was very thoughtful and creative.
Copies of the three winning bookmarks are available for you to pick up at the Youth Services desk in the Library. The winners are: Sharanya Swamimathan (ages 3-6); Frank Huang (ages 7-10); and Mena Ibrahim (ages 11-13).