The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest in conjunction with the Lycoming County Library System.
It encourages rising 5th and 6th grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.
Lycoming County Libraries include Hughesville Public Library; Konkle Memorial Library, Montoursville; James V. Brown Library; Jersey Shore Public Library; Montgomery Area Public Library; and Muncy Public Library.
The "A Book That Shaped Me" summer writing contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, held Sept. 21 and 22, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2013 are eligible.
Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at participating public library locations.
The deadline for entries is August 12.
Librarians at the Lycoming County Libraries are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.
"A Book That Shaped Me" will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children's authors and Library of Congress staff.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution.
The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
A directory for Lycoming County Libraries, their hours and their locations is available online at www.lycolibrary.org/clibrari es.html.