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Library Link: Young Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Announced

Not only do participants have fun reading from a wide selection of newly released books, but they also have a say in deciding who wins.

Year after year, since 1940, the Young Reader’s Choice Awards (YRCA) have engaged young readers by encouraging them to read the nominated selections and vote for their favorites.

This year was no different, with thousands of readers in grades 4-12 reading and voting for their favorite titles.

Administered by the Pacific Northwest Library Association, YRCA is North America’s oldest young people’s choice award involving young readers in the United States and Canada.

Airdrie Public Library (APL) has been involved in this exciting program for several years, promoting the event locally and ensuring the nominated books are at your fingertips in both physical and digital formats.

This year-long reading program is open to children in grades 4-12 living in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

Not only do participants have fun reading from a wide selection of newly released books, but they also have a say in deciding who wins.

Entrants are encouraged to read at least two nominees in each division and choose their favorite authors.

Voting took place from March 15 to April 15 this year.

There are three divisions – junior (grades 4-6), intermediate (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12) – but participants could read and vote in each division, regardless of their rank.

And the winners of this YRCA are:

  • Youth division: new child by Jerry Craft
  • Intermediate Division: The bridge house by Padma Venkatraman
  • Senior Division: We set fire to the darkness by Tehlor Kay Mejia

You can reserve these winning titles online through APL’s TRACPac.

It’s also happening at the APL this month:

Our Teen Movies event is taking place at the library on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

Also look for Makerspace Exploration, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 and 4:30 p.m., where groups of four work on a different technology.

For more information about YRCA or any of our programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca.