News from the Madison Library

Announcing the Monarch, Bluestem, and Combo Challenges! The Monarch (K-3 grades) and Bluestem Awards (3-5 grades) are readers’ choice awards presented by AISLE. Elementary students from across Illinois vote for their favorite book in March. In order to vote, children must read at least 5 books from the Monarch list or 4 books from the Bluestem list (linked below). If a student would like to read ALL of the books on their grade level list, we present the following challenges:

  • MONARCH CHALLENGE for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd Grades: Read all of the Monarch Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org).
  • COMBO CHALLENGE for 3rd Grade: Since 3rd graders can vote for both the Monarch and Bluestem Awards, we are offering the combo challenge! Read 10 Monarch Award books and 10 Bluestem Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org).
  • BLUESTEM CHALLENGE for 4th & 5th Grades: Read all of the Bluestem Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org).

Books are available for checkout at the Madison Library and the Hinsdale Public Library.

Happy reading!
Ms. Egan & Mrs. Mardula