Saint Paul Public Library kicks off 2017 with Kids’ Choice Book Awards program, I Read! I Vote!

Date: Jan 12th, 2017

Now through April, the library will offer fun events celebrating the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards for K-8 students

The Saint Paul Public Library is celebrating the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA), a series of book awards decided by kids in grades K-8. Now through April, the library will host celebratory activities including a bookmark design contest, voting stations, and a final party.

"The Minnesota Youth Reading Awards promotes and develops a lifelong love of reading for Minnesota’s children,” said MYRA’s Board President, Deidre Jameson. “Saint Paul Public Library is a natural partner in this mission, and we can’t wait to see how I Read! I Vote! inspires young readers in Saint Paul this spring."

Every year, MYRA publishes a list of books and asks kids to vote for their favorites during the month of March. Now through April, the Saint Paul Public Library will be offering fun activities based on these awards, which are divided into three age groups: The Star of the North Award for grades K-2; and The Maud Hart Lovelace Awards: Division I for grades 3-5 and Division II for grades 6-8. See the full list of books here.

Be part of the action and participate in one of the library’s I Read! I Vote! activities, listed below.

Bookmark Design Contest

Design a bookmark promoting your favorite Minnesota Youth Reading Awards nominated book. Winners will receive a $40 gift card to Wet Paint, Michael’s, Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books or Red Balloon and have their bookmarks printed and distributed throughout Saint Paul. Open to kids in grades K-8. Contest ends March 15. 

Bookmark Making Parties

Make bookmarks inspired by your favorite Minnesota Youth Reading Award nominees. Materials provided.

Every Saint Paul Public Public Library location will have voting boxes during the month of March. Stop by and vote for your favorite books!

Final Party
Join us for a final party to celebrate the book winners and learn about next year's nominees. Bookmark winners will also be announced here. Sunday, April 23, 2-3 p.m., Rondo Library, 461 N Dale St., 651-266-7400.


See a full list of activities and learn more at