Library Contest Winners Announced

By Neena McBaer
This Fall, youth across Pawling nominated their favorite book characters as part of The Pawling Library’s “President of the Library” creative writing contest. Contestants acted as campaign managers, creating slogans and platforms for their characters, all while learning more about the democratic process. Then, our character nominees went head to head in a public election, where the winners were chosen by popular vote. Two winners were decided–one for the children’s division (ages 5-10) and one for the teen division (ages 11-18). The winner of the children’s division, for his nomination of Willy Wonka, was Julian, a fifth grader. The winner of the teen division was Joslyn, grade nine, who also nominated Mr. Wonka. Each winner was awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a Kindle Fire, courtesy of the library’s corporate sponsors. For a full list of awards given during the contest, visit