McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 10, 2013

Student contests underway for True Grit Big Read

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McALESTER — Students across Southeast Oklahoma are invited to submit entries in four contests now underway as part of The Big Read, according to Christine Sauro head librarian at McAlester Public Library.

The book “True Grit” is the focus of the six-week Big Read program, designed to encourage reading for pleasure.

Information and rules packets were distributed to school districts across the area last week seeking entries in essay, poetry, art and video contests.

Deadline for submitting entries is September 30.

Winners from the McAlester area will be named in two age divisions in mid-October.

Those winners will compete with others from across the service area of the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma  and grand prize winners will be recognized at the close of The Big Read in mid-November.

McAlester-area winners will be recognized at the Keynote Banquet, November 16, when Channel Six weatherman and McAlester native Alan Crone will emcee.

Complete rules are available at the library’s website,,  at The Big Read page.

 Entries may be delivered or mailed to the library at: McAlester Public Library, 401 N. 2nd, McAlester,74501 or online to

 Each entry must be accompanied by a signed Contest Entry/Display Agreement, and must be original work.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.