In celebration of Read Across America Day, the Cassville Branch Library is hosting a special contest designed to inspire local readers to select books set in the United States.
"Whatever book they are reading at the present time, if the setting is in one of the United States, they can give the title, author and state and be entered into the drawing," said Kelli Getman, Cassville Branch Library children's coordinator. "If they are the first person to read a book with the setting in a certain state, they can be entered twice."
Readers can enter the Read Across America Contest each time they read a book with a setting in one of the states. Reading a book that is set in several different states will allow the reader to enter the contest multiple times.
The contest is open to readers of all ages. Adults and children are encouraged to submit their names each time they begin reading a new book. Library staff members will keep track of the states that have been read on a large map that will be on display in the library.
The Read Across America Contest was suggested by library aide Cheryl Williams. The reading contest will run through the date of Dr. Seuss's Birthday or Read Across America Day, which is March 2.