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kindle fire contest

Teens can win a Kindle Fire!

The Columbia County Rural Library District is happy to announce it's book review contest to win a Kindle Fire. Teens in grades 6-12 are encouraged to enter by writing a book review. Click on the link below to read the contest rules and to print out the entry form.


  • This contest is for teens/pre-teens in grades 6-12
  • You are allowed to enter reviews for up to five different books.
  • The judging will be blind: meaning that the judges will not know who you are when they read your review.
  • Winning entries will be typed, double spaced in 12 point font. They shouldn’t be more than 4 pages long.
  • Reviews will be judged on content, grammar, and clarity of thought. Your review doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does need to make sense and be well written. Proof read, proof read, proof read! If you need help writing a good review, ask for help at the library! We’re here to help!

Please don’t put your name on the book review. Attach this form to the front. Reviews are due by 1/15/15.



How do I write a winning book review?

  • Pick a book that interests you!

  • Look for some examples of book reviews. Your favorite magazine may be a good source, or you can also find book reviews online at the Books section of The New York Times, the Powell’s Books Review a day, Booklist,, Good Reads, or Kirkus Reviews.

  • Pick out the main elements, which should include:

    • The book’s title and author

    • A brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much

    • Comments on the book’s strengths and weaknesses

    • Your personal response to the book with specific examples to support praise or criticism

  • Take notes while reading the book you are reviewing, so you can remember what points you want to make later and what specific scenes or quotes you might want to use to support those points.

  • Make an outline for the book review before writing, using one paragraph for each point you want to make about the book.

  • Some ideas to keep in mind while writing the review:

    • Does the book fit into a genre, like mystery or romance, and why? If you aren’t sure, ask your librarian for help!

    • When and where does the action in the book take place? Does the author do a good job of making you feel like you are there? How?

    • Are the main characters believable? Do you know anyone like them? Does the author adequately describe them?

    • What do you like or dislike about the author’s writing style? That is, do you like the way the author uses words?

    • Use concrete examples to back up your points, such as describing a scene that really moved you or using a couple of short quotes from the book.

    • Don’t forget to include your opinion of the book, whether you liked or disliked it and WHY!

  • Do some background research on the author. Sources might include the author’s personal website, the website for the book’s publisher, or biographies of the author. Learning information about the author and knowing what other books he or she may have written can add context to a review. Ask a librarian for help finding sources, if you can’t find any on your own.

  • Don’t forget to ask for help! The librarians at the Dayton Library are here to help you!



Learning, Career prep, and Recreational Resources:

The library offers resources to help teens with school work, college preparation, and career planning. It's also a place to gather, surf the Internet, or curl up in a chair to read -- or listen -- to a good book.

Teen Center:

Our new Teen Center houses a collection of fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels (including manga!) for the young adult reader (in addition to being a cool hangout)!



  • Books and Graphic novels matching teen interests
  • After school programs, including movie matinees and crafts
  • Summer Reading Program (June through July)
  • Wireless Internet so you can surf on your laptop
  • Public-access computers (with a parent-signed form) loaded with Microsoft Office 2007
  • Reading space and study table
  • Research tools (online databases and other reference materials) to help with school papers and career planning


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