Writing Contest Winners

yrl_contest_imgWe’re pleased to announce the Young Readers League 2016 Writing Contest winners!

This year, young writers were challenged to tell us something about a new character joining a magical circus, their special ability or how this character come to join the circus.

The winning entries were honored during the Young Readers League Circus Extravaganza with Cassie Beasley, author of Circus Mirandus, our 2016 selection.

We will feature the contest winners in upcoming issues of Off the Shelf, the library’s monthly newsletter, and teen participants will also be feature in the Summer 2016 issue of the Teen Zine. The stories are also published here on our blog for your reading enjoyment. They will also be published on Vroman’s Bookstore blog.

Thank you to all the participants!

Special thanks to our judges:  Allison Hill (Vromans), Nick Smith (Pasadena Library), Shauna Redmond (Pasadena Library), Tiffany Duenas (Pasadena Library), Jean Penn (Pasadena Library)

The Young Readers League is sponsored by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.


Category 1 (ages 8-11):

1st place — Hannah Sagheb:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/hannah

2nd place — Adam Kakuk:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/adam

3rd place — Veronica Mason:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/veronica

Honorable mention — Jasmine Sov:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/jasmine

Honorable mention — Tabitha Foster:  http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2016/tabitha


Category 2 (ages 12-14):

1st place — Amelia Monsour:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/amelia

2nd place — Teresa Fundter:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/teresa

3rd place — Asher Follett:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/asher

Honorable mention — Elliott Negrin:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/2016/elliott

Teens blog:  http://pasadena-library.net/teens/



Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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