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Penny Payte McLeaish LRC September Notes

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Banned Books Week September 22-28

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
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South Texas Book Festival Youth Writing Contest

Competition Guidelines

Note: Entries that do not meet the following requirements will not be accepted.

General Eligibility:

  • Contestants must be children and teens between the ages of 5 – 18 years old.
  • Contestants must be residents of Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, or Cameron counties.
  • All entries must address the theme “The Spirit of South Texas”.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The contest opens on Monday, July 8th, 2019.
  • The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 4th at 5:00PM.
  • Only one entry per category (poetry or flash fiction) may be submitted by an individual.
  • Entries must be original works and cannot be copied from a previous publication.
  • Entries must be written by a single author; no collective or joint projects will be considered.
  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically using the link provided at the bottom of this page.
  • Maximum length:

    • Poetry – 20 lines
    • Flash Fiction (prose) – 300 words

    Winning Entries:
    The South Texas Book Festival Committee will choose up to three winners per category (poetry and prose) per age group (5-9, 10-13, 14-18). Authors of winning entries will be notified by Friday, October 25th, 2019 by McAllen Public Library. Winners will receive a medal at an awards ceremony during the South Texas Book Festival, and their work will be published in an anthology.

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National Voter Registration Day @ SHS on September 24th Lecture Hall 4th block

Nicole Cruz and Robert Barbosa will partner to bring National Voter Registration Day to Sharyland High School.


Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On Tuesday September 24, 2019 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

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Collaboration is Alive and Well @ the Library

Want a partner? Mrs. Cruz loves to collaborate with teachers. She has collaborated with teachers already this year. Shout out to Dixie Elizondo and Paul Cruz. Both teachers have brought their classes to the library. Mrs. Cruz shared library orientation information with Mrs. Elizondo's ELA I classes and showed them the perfect resource to complete their Carribean Country Scavenger Hunt. Mr. Cruz partnered with Mrs. Cruz on a Forensic Science and Me Google Slide presentation. Need ideas or research assistance-email ncruz@sharylandisd.org
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Nicole H. Cruz, Librarian

Celebrate Grandparents Day on September 8th.

Take a selfie with your grandparent. Email to Mrs. Cruz at ncruz@sharylandisd.org.

She'll create a Google Slide presentation. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 6th.

All entries will be entered in a raffle for a special prize.