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First place will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

Students K -12 are invited to enter their essays for consideration.

The McCormick Library received a National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People Bookshelf grant.  The grant provides a collection of classic books that embody the theme “Created Equal.”  The books are available for checkout at the McCormick Library. To promote these books to the community, the Friends of the Library and the Library are sponsoring an Essay Writing Contest. 

Essays can be written on one of two following topics.

  • Students may read one of the books on the We the People Bookshelf and write an essay explaining how the book employs the “Created Equal” theme.


  • Students may write an essay that answers the question, What “Created Equal” means to me?



Essays will be accepted from students grades K through 12 in four grade divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12.


  • grades K – 3 must be 50 – 100 words
  • grades 4-6 must be 100 – 200 word
  • grades 7-8 must be 200-300 words
  • grades 9-12 must be 300-500 words


Essays will be accepted in hard copy at the McCormick County Library or may be emailed to mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com.  All entries must be received by March 3, 2009.  Submissions must be legible and include your name, address, phone number, age, grade and school.

Winners will be notified by March 24, 2009, and will be asked to read their essays at a National Library Week Celebration on April 18, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the McCormick Library.

Each essay must be an original submission by the student.

For questions or additional information please call the McCormick Library at 852-2821

To download this flyer as a Word document click here:     We the People Essay Contest.doc

To download the list of “Created Equal” themed books click here:    “Created Equal” Book Titles.doc