Lancaster – The OUL Theatre is performing "To Kill a Mockingbird" later this fall and since that was a classic novel first, the library director at OUL thought it would be a good opportunity to encourage students to read it. So, The Friends of the Library and the Hannah V. McCauley Library are sponsoring a "To Kill a Mockingbird" essay contest.
"The book is one that many young students are required to read, but they may never read it again when they get older," said Library Director Judy Carey Nevin. "So, we wanted to encourage students at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington and area high schools to read the book now and put their thoughts about it on paper."
Since Harper Lee's book is a renowned coming-of-age novel, students are being asked to examine the novel's ideas about coming of age. In at least one, but no more than three double-spaced pages, the students will write with a clear thesis about one of the novel's many concerns or incidents, and they must consider how that deals with the coming-of-age topic.
"We are offering a first, second and third place prize in both the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center category and the high school student category," said Carey Nevin."Winners will be announced at one of the "To Kill a Mockingbird" performances in the Wagner Theatre October 17 – 20.
The deadline for entries is Monday, October 7.
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