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Library Link: Young Readers' Choice Awards winners announced

You would be forgiven for not knowing that during the noise of a global pandemic, the 2021 Young Readers' Choice Awards (YRCA) quietly puttered along like nothing else was happening, outside of a good read clutched in one’s hands.
You would be forgiven for not knowing that during the noise of a global pandemic, the 2021 Young Readers' Choice Awards (YRCA) quietly puttered along like nothing else was happening, outside of a good read clutched in one’s hands.

However, thousands of young readers participated in this year’s event by reading the nominated selections and voting for their favourites.

Administered by the Pacific Northwest Library Association, YRCA is the longest-running youth choice award in North America involving young readers from both the United States and Canada. Airdrie Public Library (APL) has participated in this exciting program for several years by promoting the event locally and by ensuring nominated books are on hand in both physical and digital format.

This year-long reading program is open to children in grades 4 to 12 living in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

Not only do participants get to have fun reading from a great selection of recently published books, they also have a voice in deciding who wins.

Participants are asked to read at least two nominees in each division and then pick their favourite authors.

Voting ran from March 15 to April 15 this year. There were three divisions – junior (grades 4 to 6), intermediate (grades 7 to 9) and senior (grades 10 to 12) – but participants could read and vote in any or every division, no matter their grade.

This year's YRCA’s winners were:

- Junior Division: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui. T Sutherland; adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky

- Intermediate Division: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

- Senior Division: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

You can place a hold on these winning titles online through APL’s TRACPac.

Other things happening at APL this month include the Teen Advisory Council's Zoom meeting on May 20 at 7 p.m. and a workshop pertaining to retirement planning on May 31. APL is partnering with Scotiabank on the retirement planning webinar, which will be held over Zoom at 7 p.m.

For more information on YRCA or any of APL's other programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca