Last Chance to Enter School Libraries in Need Giveaway

In November, Booklist and the American Association of School Librarians launched a program, sponsored by Schoolastic, to give 500 school libraries in need year-long subscriptions to BooklistBook Links, and Booklist Online.

Today—February 14—is the last day to enter our giveaway. All school librarians need to do is submit a short (paragraph-length) essay explaining the collection development constraints you face and why a Booklist subscription would help you serve your students. Below, submissions from school librarians across the country.

We’ll announce the winners shortly. Subscriptions will start in April 2018 to support librarians through the 2018–19 school year. To read more about this exciting promotion, and to enter, visit


We are a Title 1 school, with 100% of our students receiving free breakfast and lunch. I have been the librarian for just two years now, and am trying to improve our very aged and weary collection. Currently, we are tied for being the oldest collection in the district, with an average age of 1995 (we were 1993 when I started). The library receives little to no funding from the school, but instead relies on book fair sales for revenue. While my students are eager to choose new and exciting titles, they are often not buying at the fair. When new books are displayed for checkout, they literally do a little happy dance!! It would be amazing if our school won this prize so that I can apply the subscription fee to purchasing new, exciting, well-reviewed books! 

Elementary School Librarian, Highpoint, NC


I love Booklist! Unfortunately, journals come out of my book budget, and I had to make the difficult decision to discontinue Booklist so that I could put my funds toward the purchase of books for my middle-school students.
Middle School Librarian, Aston, PA


I currently do not have any collection development tools that are not provided by publishers or book vendors. It would be wonderful to have a subscription to a magazine that is developed by professional librarians.
High School Librarian, Columbus, OH



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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