Students began gathering outside of the Boulan Park Media Center at 7 A.M. on Monday, January 11, a full thirty minutes before the library opened. The reason? They wanted to be the first to get their hands on a 2016 Troybery Award nominated book!
As the doors opened at 7:30 A.M., the atmosphere felt like Black Friday as students stampeded in to grab a Troybery book before they were gone. If they missed the morning rush, they could try to get one of the 200 copies when Mrs. Chatel put some out each class period.
In its sixteenth year, the Troybery Program began as a way for the Troy middle school media specialists to encourage students to read and vote on what they thought was the best book of the previous publishing year, instead of adults choosing the best books for awards like the Newbery or Caldicott. To date, over 1,300 Troy students and staff have signed up to participate!
Students are encouraged to read at least three of the ten books. Reading three or more qualifies a student to vote on which book he or she thinks is the best book of the group. Voting will occur at each middle school during the week of April 11, and the book with the most votes will receive the prestigious Troybery Award. The three runners-up will be named Troybery Honor Books.
Troybery incentives include prizes for students who read three or more books and a special prize plus an invitation to an exclusive pizza party for those that read all ten titles.
Award winners will be announced at the Troybery ceremony on April 29, 2016, at the Board Room. Thirty lucky students who participated in Troybery from each middle school will be chosen to attend, and student emcees will run the ceremony.
For more information and a list of the titles, see Mrs. Chatel's website.
New this year: Schoology Book Discussion
Students are encouraged to join our Boulan Park Media Center Schoology Discussion Group. Mrs. Chatel will post weekly discussion questions about Troybery and will randomly select students who participate to receive prizes. See the signs in the media center for the code to join.
Thanks to our sponsors!
The Troybery Program could not be such a huge success without the support of Troy staff, parents, and the community. Every year, the PTOs at each middle school give a generous donation to help defray the cost of Troybery books; in addition, this year the Troy Women's Association donated funds. The Troy Public Library is a continual supporter of Troybery, purchasing multiple copies of Troybery books so that students have another place to check out a Troybery when there are none to be found at the middle schools.
Finally, thank you to Troy School Life for covering our event and sharing their photos with us!
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.