Is the library important to you?

First Posted: 4/11/2012

Library lovers will have a chance to voice their thoughts on why they feel their library is valuable. And by entering a library-sponsored contest with a 350-word essay on the topic, anyone in grade 9 through adult will be entered to win a Nook Color. This contest is sponsored by the Lackawanna County Library System as part of the PA Forward initiative promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century.

According to Abington Community Library Director Leah Ducato Rudolph, “PA FORWARD is an innovative action plan for libraries aimed to improve essential literacy skills in Pennsylvania, launched by the Pennsylvania Library Association. To see how we are tapping into this initiative, stop by the Library on Thursday, April 12 and see our displays promoting the five basic literacies, and watch for inclusion of new logos on our many programs and events.”

Essay contest rules are as follows:
1. Open to anyone 9th grade through adult.

2. In an essay of 350 words or less describe how a library changed your life, improved it, or is a meaningful part of it.

3. Entries must be typed and must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number and the Lackawanna County Library System library the writer visits most.

4. Deadline : May 25, 2012.

5. Essays may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk of any Lackawanna County Library System library, or mailed to: Essay Contest, LCLS, 520 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509. Or send it via email to

6. Essay writers agree to allow the Lackawanna County Library System to display and/or publish their essays, and to use their names and the context of their entries for promotional purposes.

7. Entries will be judged in two categories: Grades 9-12, and ages 18 and older.

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