The Friends of the San Diego Library hosted the 19th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest and they invited all students to submit an essay. This included any 4th, 8th and 10th grade student in public, private, parochial and home school, who attend a school served by the San Diego Public Library system.
Winners from each school were announced March 8 at branch libraries during an awards ceremony. Hundreds of entrants were received and Carmel Valley resident Sam Nelson, 9, who is in grade 4 at La Jolla Country Day, was one of the finalists. Finalists were invited to read their winning essays and they were awarded with a certificate acknowledging them as a finalist.
Entrants were asked to select one of the suggested topics from the list of topics given by the contest organizers. Sam’s essay answered the question: “If all the books in the world were about to disappear, but you could save one, what would it be? What book would you choose and why?” She wrote about the book, “Redwall” by Brian Jacques.