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District Librarians to Present Second ‘Bresnahan Book Award’

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Liverpool Central School District and its library media specialists will celebrate bresnahanbookaward35the life of fellow library media specialist Lori Bresnahan during a special ceremony on Thursday, May 5, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble on Route 31. At that time, they will present the second-ever Bresnahan Book Award.

Students at all nine LCSD elementary schools recently had the opportunity to read each of the nominated books:

  • Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? written by Julie Middleton and illustrated by Russell Ayto
  • The Book with No Pictures written by B.J. Novak
  • Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
  • Dirty Gert written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca
  • Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever - or Snack Time? written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack
  • On My Way to School written by Sarah Maizes and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas
  • The Snatchbook: Who’s Stealing All the Stories? written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
  • Sparky! written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans
  • Too Much Glue written by Jason Lefebvre and illustrated by Zac Retz

The books were selected because they also are nominated for this year’s Charlotte Award, which was one of Bresnahan’s favorites. Every other year, the New York State Reading Association presents the Charlotte Award, which recognizes books that represent diversity, demonstrate different genres and formats, and appeal to children as much as they appeal to their teachers.

Much like the Charlotte Award, LCSD elementary students are in the process of voting for the winner of the second-ever Bresnahan Book Award. LCSD librarians will use the Twitter hashtag #lcsdvotes4books to capture the excitement.

The Bresnahan Book Award event also will include LCSD celebrities reading the nominated books during three sessions - at 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the inaugural winner of the Bresnahan Book Award, Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon, will be read followed by the unveiling of the latest winner.

In addition to the celebration, Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair that evening. Proceeds will go toward building “Lori’s Bookshelf” in every LCSD elementary school. Each LCSD school will have a list of books that the library would like to add to its collection, and those books can be purchased and donated to help fill those shelves.

The Bresnahan Book Award was established to honor the life of Bresnahan, who passed away in March 2013. One of her great passions was sharing books with children, and the library media specialists decided that there was no better way to keep her love of literature alive than by creating a book award in her honor.

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