The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) has announced that the Instructional Materials Centers at Tinley Park, Hillcrest, and Oak Forest High Schools are recipients of the Abraham Lincoln Book Award Grant. The ISLMA grant is designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. It is named after President Abraham Lincoln, an avid reader and noted author.
The award includes a set of 22 books. The Abraham Lincoln Readers' Choice Award winner is awarded to a book from the year's master list that earns the highest number of student votes. For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of 22 titles. Registered schools promote these books and students who have read four or more titles are eligible to vote.
More than 200 libraries applied for the grant and our schools are 3 of the 41 that received it. “Winning this grant affords our students an opportunity to read some award-winning material,” said Media Specialist Cheryl Harris-Sumida.