[kids-lib] ORCA Committee needs volunteers

Tara Morissette tmorissette at comcast.net
Sat Jan 23 09:08:22 PST 2021

The role of the ORCA committee is to read titles and contribute titles to the division lists of potential nominees. The bulk of committee work is done now -- January - April. This year, the committee is considering books with a 2019 publication date. Committee members commit to a two-year term with the option of a second term.   There are openings for CSD, OYAN, and OASL members at the 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 reading levels.

The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award (ORCA) was founded in 2010.  The award is intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 3-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers.  During the course of the school year, Oregon students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process. Books must be nominated for inclusion on the ORCA ballot.  In order to be considered, the book needs to have a copyright date of three years prior to when the ballots are announced. Oregon students, teachers, and librarians are all able to nominate books.  

The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators.  The committee creates the final ballots based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, and reading level.

Interested in volunteering or have questions?  Please contact Lori Lieberman, ORCA Chair for 2020-2022 orca at olaweb.org

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