November 14, 2016 – During election week, the Library Garza Elementary took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of voting by holding a special campaign and election based on books.
Students had the opportunity to choose, campaign and vote for their favorite of Five (5) books nominated by the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM), a state-wide, literary advocacy group that promotes reading amongst students. Each year, CYRM accepts nominations of literary works from children, teens, teachers and librarians for consideration to receive a prestigious award.
The books were read to the students during reading aloud time each week, and on Election Day, the students voted for their favorite book. These votes, along with other votes tallied throughout the district, will be submitted to the Library Media Services and then forwarded for CYRM.
The library was set up as a polling site with voter privacy booths, ballot boxes, and each participant received an official “I Voted” sticker when they were done.
It was a fun week intended not only to emphasize the importance of reading, but also demonstrate the power that each individual has through voting.
For more information about the California Young Reader Medal organization, awards and nominees, CLICK HERE.