Sixth grader Rylan Howard was the first in line outside of the Smith Media Center at 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday, January 12, a full fifteen minutes before the library opened. The reason? He wanted to be the first to get his hands on Crown of Three, a 2016 Troybery Award nominated book.
"I didn't like reading in fifth grade," said Rylan, "but now I do, and I really wanted to read Crown of Three because it sounded so good."
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 Discussion Group
Students are encouraged to join our Smith 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.
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.