Judges Needed for MN Book Awards

Dear Library Network Contacts,


Book Awards judge applications are now being accepted for both the preliminary and final round.  Can you please help by forwarding this information to all the library contacts in your network?  Thank you for your assistance, and here are the details:


Nominations for the 21st Annual Minnesota Book Awards opened earlier this month, and I’m delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications from people interested in participating in the Book Awards by serving on a preliminary or final round judging panel. 


Applications are invited from individuals qualified and interested in judging one of the following eight award categories:  Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature. 


The volunteer judge position descriptions and application form are available at www.thefriends.org/mba_judges.html.  Qualified applicants need not have previous judging experience to apply.  Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, October 15, 2008.


Preliminary round judge applicants should be comfortable reviewing and evaluating a large volume of books within a relatively short period of time, and need to be available to attend the judging panel session the afternoon of Saturday, January 31, 2009.  Final round judge applicants need to be available for the panel session on Saturday, March 7, 2009.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions related to the Book Awards, and be sure to visit www.thefriends.org for ongoing updates.  Thank you for your support of Minnesota authors and books.







Ann Nelson

MN Book Awards Coordinator

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

325 Cedar Street, Suite 555

Saint Paul, MN  55101-1055

Direct:  (651)366-6497

Main:  (651) 222-3242

Fax:  (651) 222-1988