We are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Perma-Bound Buckeye Book Awards Programming Grant. Educators or librarians who work with children in the grade ranges of K-12 in Ohio applied for a grant to use the awarded books in activities or programs that promote literacy, give more children access to great books and get children and teens involved in the Buckeye Book Award voting process. The winners are:

  • K-2: Arin Burton, Lima Public Library
  • 3-5: Nellie Schmidt, Van Wert Elementary School
  • 6-8: Billie Hoag, New Lexington City
  • Teen: Maria Pocek, Kimpton Middle School

The winners of this grant won three copies each of the top five nominees in their grade level, for a total of 15 books, from Perma-Bound. Applications were judged on criteria including the creativity of programming proposals, the number of children that will be engaged in the activities, and the emphasis placed on increasing literacy and involvement in the Buckeye Book Award voting process over time. Special consideration was also given to schools and organizations demonstrating financial need.

Next year’s grant application process will open shortly after the new year, so check back here for details and the application. Congratulations to our winners!