REMINDERS: Summer reading events & Best Practices in Early Literacy Awards

From: "Sharon Rawlins [NJYAC]">
Subject: REMINDERS: Summer reading events & Best Practices in Early Literacy Awards
Date: February 27th 2019

Please excuse cross-postings


Apply for the 2019 Best Practices in Early Literacy Awards – Deadline March 8, 2019

The New Jersey State Library is accepting application forms for the annual Best Practices in Early Literacy Award. The award honors up to four outstanding public libraries that currently provide exemplary literacy programs for children from birth to six years, their families and caregivers. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate, and promotion of the winning library as a model program for other libraries. The winning libraries will be honored during the State Librarian's Breakfast at the 2019 NJLA Conference at Harrah's in Atlantic City. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019. Consult the award guidelines before applying. Examples of previous years’ winners can be found here. Click on Award Brochures, then under New Jersey State Library Awards (for 2017 and 2018 winners) or under Best Practices in Early Literacy (for older years’ winners). Please contact Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, at">, 609-278-2640 ext. 116 if you have any questions.


Apply for free Chipotle Reading Rewards – Deadline Feb. 28th

Chipotle Reading Rewards are special bookmarks that include FREE Kid’s Meal cards (for grades K-5) or Buy-One/Get-One FREE entrée cards (for grades 6+). Only online submissions are being accepted. Due to the large number of requests received, Chipotle may not be able to honor all of them. If Chipotle approves your request, they will contact you soon. Link to apply:

March 2019 Summer Reading Workshops – Space available at all but Wayne’s workshop

The Statewide Summer Reading Committee is hosting the 2019 Summer Reading Workshops:

·         Monday, March 11th at Wayne Public Library

·         Friday, March 15th at Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill

·         Monday, March 18th at Franklin Township Public Library (Somerset County)

·         Monday, March 25th at Monroe Township Public Library (Middlesex County)

Each workshop is from 9:30am-1:30pm and is full of inspiring ideas for all ages - from the youngest to adults - presented by our committee members.

Have some old prizes that you just can’t get rid of?  Participate in our new "Incentive Swap!" Bring your old prizes and walk away with something new. 

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to get a head start on your summer planning. Register here:

You must have a login for our website ( in order to register for the workshops.

Please email"> with any questions or concerns.





Best regards,


Sharon Rawlins, MLS

Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning

NJ State Library

185 West State St.

P.O. Box 520

Trenton, NJ 08625-0520">

609-278-2640 ext. 116

609-278-2650 – fax


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