SPRING VALLEY — Hall High School is a recipient of the Library Book Selection Service Endowment Grant. The grant is sponsored by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators. The purpose of this grant is to promote reading in Illinois.
Patti Lunn, Hall High School library manager, applied for the grant in spring of 2018. The grant makes Hall a member of the Reader’s Choice Book Awards grant, which provide sets of books to approximately 150 libraries in Illinois annually. Hall is under the Lincoln Readers’ Choice Awards book set.
This book set is selected by teachers, school librarians, students and public librarians. Twenty books make the final set, and these titles are promoted by registered schools. Students who read four of the 20 books are eligible to vote on which book of the 20 should receive the coveted Lincoln Award.
The Lincoln Award is named for Abraham Lincoln, “one of Illinois’ most famous residents and an avid reader and noted author.” The award is designed to “encourage teens to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.”
Currently, Hall has 65 students and teachers reading these books. After a student completes reading a book, he or she meets with a teacher and discusses the book. The student then rates the book and picks a new one to read. Random awards will be given throughout the year to participants who reach reading milestones in the program.