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Students Honored as Picture Book Winners

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Students from across the Three Village Central School District were recently honored as winners in the 2020 and 2021 Emma Clark Library Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Award contest. The winning entries were celebrated through a virtually shared a slideshow in late April.

Each of the winning entries were bound and made into hardcover books. The winners received copies of the books, along with monetary awards from an endowment created by the Shack family ($400 for first prize and $100 for second prize; in a case of two students collaborating on the book together, prizes are split). The winning books will also be on display in the Library’s lobby for the month of May, and then they will be added to the Library’s Local Focus Collection.

The Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Award contest called for students in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Three Village Central School District to create a children’s picture book. Entries can be the work of a single author/illustrator or a collaborative effort between an author and an illustrator.
Congratulations to the following student honorees:

2021 Winners:
First Prize (Grades 7–9 category): “Alice Helps” by Julia Garcia-Diaz and Lea A. Nekrasov
(8th graders at Gelinas Junior High)
First Prize (Grades 10–12 category): “A New Normal” by Rebecca Blumenthal (12th
grader at Ward Melville High School)

Second Prize (Grades 7–9 category): “Frankie Gets Stuck” by Matthew Blumenthal (8th
grader at Murphy Junior High)
Second Prize (Grades 10–12 category): “Peanut’s Passion” by Matthew Marchese (10th
grader at Ward Melville High School

2020 Winners:
First Prize (Grades 10–12 category): “Your Part” by Rebecca Blumenthal (last year an
11th grader at Ward Melville High School)

Second Prize (Grades 7–9 category): “The Knight and the Monster” by Ricky Herling and
Ashton Hopkins (last year both 8th graders at Gelinas Junior High School)

Second Prize (Grades 10–12 category): “How Tom Talks” by Riley Meckley (last year a
10th grader at Ward Melville High School)
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