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Founded in 2000, the Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club is based on the American Library Association (ALA)’s Michael L. Printz award, which ALA bestows annually on a young adult book that exemplifies literary excellence. We’re not affiliated with ALA, but we have fun imitating their discussion and voting process, and bestowing our own award on the best YA book of the year. We read a wide variety of YA books published in the current year, discuss them as a group, write reviews on them, and then cast our votes. It’s fun, and helps members build public speaking skills, reading skills, compromise and negotiation skills, while providing a safe and fun space for them to enjoy snacks and discussion with other teens! We meet roughly 2-3 Fridays a month from 4-5:40pm in the Eva Perry Library conference room, and accept rising 9th-10th graders with a love of reading!
You can read more about ALA’s Printz Award here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz
Past Projects and Awards:
The Margaret A. Edwards Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
Our long-time club leader, Valerie Nicholson, won the 2009 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens! This is a huge and very well-deserved honor. Find out more about it from the ALA Press Release.
The YA Galley Project
Our club participated in the YA Galley project in 2008–2010, reading advance copies of new teen fiction and nominating titles for the YALSA Teen’s Top Ten awards. Read more about the project on the ALA website.