The NJ Center for the Book is pleased to announce the winners of the Miss Rumphius Award for 2024 – Valerie Munro, Media Specialist at Hillview Elementary School, Pompton Plains and Marissa Warren, Teen Services Librarian, Princeton Public Librarian, Princeton.

Valerie Munro’s Bookwormy Nights program is held six times a year, once for each grade level K-5 that is focused for each. It also invites parents to join the students in exploring the book that class has read. The program uses a diversity of activities including author readings, guest speakers on the book topic, games and crafts. The program is creative, entertaining and educational. It develops a love of reading for students of all ages.

Marissa Warren’s Teen Literacy Advocate program engages teenage volunteers in creating authoritative content on social media that promotes literacy, creativity and community among peers. It increases  digital literacy, and connectionwith the Library’s diverse collections, promoting new teen fiction and non-fiction through creating book reviews.

The Miss Rumphius Awards will be given at the NJLA conference at Harrah’s on Thursday May 29th at 6:30.