National Library Legislative Day Teen Contest

Thank you for your interest in the contest!

We’d like you to answer one question: What do Vermont’s libraries mean to you?

This question is purposely broad and vague. If you’re on this page, we know your relationship with libraries in our beautiful state is something you care deeply about. Whether you were someone who was attending public library storytime before you can even remember, or whether you just discovered your high school library’s social justice books (or anything in between or beyond); we want to hear your story.

Responses can be in whatever format you’d like: story, poem, essay, video, podcast, art, music, you name it! Surprise us with your creativity!

One winner and an adult chaperone will get a free trip to Washington, DC, on May 4-5, 2020, to join Vermont’s librarian delegation at National Library Legislative Day. “NLLD is a two-day educational event designed to provide attendees the opportunity to learn from policy experts and raise awareness among federal legislators about how and why libraries are vital to communities across America.”

On May 4th, attendees will receive advocacy training at Georgetown University with staff from the American Library Association and other organizations. On May 5th, they will put their advocacy skills to work with staff from the Leahy, Sanders, and Welch offices (the Senators and Representative may make an appearance, but we can’t promise that, unfortunately).

So, what do Vermont’s libraries mean to you?

Please submit answers to Vermont School Library Association President-Elect Peter Langella at by Friday, January 17, 2020. One winner and several finalists will be announced during the first week of February.

Entrants must be a Vermont resident in grades 7-12 or equivalent home-school ages (13-18).

Good luck!

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