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Helen Stein Shack Book Award Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Award This annual award which showcases the young writing and artistic talent in Three Village is given in memory of Helen Stein Shack by her family. As a teacher, Mrs. Shack was committed to the education of children, and she especially loved literature written for them. She was a frequent visitor to Emma Clark Library where, even in retirement, she kept current with the latest children’s books. The library is grateful to the children of the late Mrs. Shack who have established a substantial endowment with the library to cover the ongoing cost of presenting this annual award.


2017 Grand Prize Winners

We Can Still be Friends!
by Eliana Sasson
Grades 7-9 Category

Claire & Her Bear
by Katie Zhao
Grades 10-12 Category
2017 2nd Place Winners

Sammy the Sock Monkey
by Nicole Freeley
Grades 7-9 Category

Color Your World
by Cassidy Oliver
Grades 10-12 Category

Winning authors will be recognized at a private awards ceremony at the library on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Each First Prize winner receives a $400 scholarship; each Second Prize winner receives a $100 scholarship. Bound copies of all the winning entries will be presented and added to the library's Local Focus collection. All contest entrants receive certificates of participation. Light refreshments will be served, donated by The Bite Size Bake Shop, a local Three Village business.

2016 Grand Prize Winners

Good Night, Judy by Katie Zhao
Grades 7-9 Category

Sal the Sock by Michelle Pacala
Grades 10-12 Category
2016 Honorable Mentions

Rainbow by Nicole Freeley
Grades 7-9 Category

Honu by Samantha White
Grades 10-12 Category
Contest Details The contest is divided into two grade categories, grades 7 through 9 and grades 10 through 12, with one winning entry from each group.  Each entry can be the work of a single author/illustrator or can be a collaborative effort of an author and an illustrator.  There will be one Grand Prize winner and one Honorable Mention winner selected from each category. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation, will be invited to attend the awards ceremony and will have the opportunity to record a video of the entrant reading their book for Community Service credit.

See the 2015 Winners