For the past five years, the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project (STBF) has been working with library staff to make the contest a success. Libraries participate in two ways: judging and sponsoring. Seventeen degreed librarians from around the state have offered to be the judges for this year's contest, and another 22 libraries have helped nominate a self-published author so far. The deadline for nominations is January 8.
Librarians who are judges will each read between three and six books before the winner is announced during National Library Week in April. Sponsoring libraries assist the STBF project and self-published authors by helping them enter the program. All library types are encouraged to participate. In order to enter their book, an author NEEDS a library staff member to provide contact information and online submission. It's not a difficult or lengthy task. More information regarding what library staff and authors need to do, can be found on the STBF website.
As a thank you gift to libraries for their ongoing support of this project, the sponsoring library of this year's winner will receive one free registration to either the 2018 ILA Conference or the 2018 Reaching Forward conference!
Thank you to all the libraries for your participation and support of the STBF contest this year!
It's not too late to get your library on the list!
Barrington Area Library
Batavia Public Library
Belleville Public Library
Bloomingdale Public Library
Effingham Public Library
Elmhurst Public Library
Fountaindale Public Library
Fox River Grove Memorial Library
Gail Borden Public Library District
Galena Public Library
Galesburg Public Library
Green Hills Public Library District
Illinois Association of School Boards Resource Center
La Grange Public Library
La Grange Park Public Library District
Lansing Public Library
Lisle Library District
Marengo-Union Library District
Moline Public Library
New Lenox Public Library
Orland Park Public Library
Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library
Peoria Public Library
Plainfield Public Library District
Prairie Ridge High School
Rend Lake College Library
Roselle Public Library District
Schaumburg District Township Library
Triton College Library
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Library
Wheaton Public Library
White Oak Library Lockport Branch
Yorkville Grade School