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2/6/2013 3:02:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Library holds book review contest on Facebook page
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

Whether you have recently read a great book or can think of a great one you want to read, the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) is asking you to write a review for the book review contest they are hosting through their Facebook page for residents in all five counties they serve.

"Usually our activities and contests are separated by each library but this contest is one big one for all the counties we serve," said Angela Morris, NCRL assistant director.

The book review contest started Jan. 14 and closes on the last day of February. It is open to all residents of Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties. Morris said book lovers are invited to review books they have read in the past year and then submit the reviews to the NCRL Facebook page.

NCRL recently created a Facebook page and is hoping to increase their outreach to book readers through the social network. Morris said this contest is a great way to get people interacting with the NCRL Facebook page.

"This is a great way to reach our patrons in a fun way and get people excited about interacting with each other and learning about new books and finding new titles," Morris aid. "We are hoping patrons will find out about new books they want to read. We want them to read as much as possible."

Reviews should include the book title, author's name, and be between 100 and 200 words in length. Contest winners will be decided by the number of "likes" their post book review post accumulates on Facebook. Morris said there are no guidelines to what genre of book the review is done on and anyone of any age can participate.

If you are not interested in writing a book review, Morris said NCRL still invites you to check out their Facebook page and vote for the best reviews.

"Through this contest, we want to get more friends that view our page regularly to find out about events and new things going on at their libraries. We are hoping to increase visibility in the community," Morris said. "We have our book club coordinator regularly posting information about new books and author visits. It would be great to use Facebook to inform readers."

So far, the contest has brought over 70 people to the NCRL Facebook page posting their book reviews. Morris said she is thrilled to see so many readers posting reviews. They hope to see a couple hundred reviews by the end of February.

"We are seeing a lot of popular books but what is great is we check to make sure we have every book that is reviewed," Morris aid. "Quite a few of the books reviewed we didn't have, so I have been going through all the reviews and adding the ones we don't have to our collection."

If you don't have access to Facebook, you can still submit a book review for the contest by emailing your review to NRCL. There is no limit to the amount of reviews you can write, so whether it's book you just read or a favorite from you years ago you can keep submitting reviews until Feb. 28.

Contest winners will receive prizes such as a Nook or a gift certificate. The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire. Before submitting a book review, there are some things Morris suggests you consider. A book review is a description and evaluation of a book. It can explain the book's strength and weaknesses. Morris said a book review is a fun way to express how you feel about the book. Some questions to think about when writing the review are: Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? How does the book handle character development, plot, or setting? In what ways did the book enrich your life?

Morris said the Friend's groups and Library Boards donated money and prizes for the contest. Friends of the Cashmere Library and Leavenworth Friends of the Library both donated money to make this contest possible.

"This is a fun way for people to share what they thought about a book but also a great way to get more people involved with our Facebook," Morris said. "I am certain we will be doing this again we have had great success so far."

Morris and other members of NCRL are discussing holding another book review contest in the summer for youth, in conjunction with the summer reading program.

"During this contest we want people to get encouraged to read the books people do reviews on. We want to increase the love of reading and we want everyone to read more than they already do," Morris said.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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