Your performance: The introduction and the reading are your performance. The reading is valued more than the introduction, but be sure to make a good first impression. You are, after all, going to be representing America and Eisenhower Library during your trip to Warsaw.
Introduction: Tell us a bit about yourself and your interpretation of the book, in 2 minutes. You may be asked about the author as well. Be creative and interesting. Here is your chance to showcase your personality.
The Reading: Read an excerpt of your choice, from a book on our provided reading list, in 4 minutes. You need not memorize the text, just bring a copy of the book or a print-out of your selected pages.
Total performance: 6 minutes. All in English.
Have passion, energy, and maintain eye contact during your reading.
The Judges, a panel of 5 to 10 individuals, will score your performance.
The Judges will focus primarily on your reading’s: overall passion, passage choice, clarity/pronunciation, tone, etc. Secondary aspects of the performance include the introduction and your body language. Like any public speaker, focus on the use of your voice, eye contact, and expressiveness.
The Judges will be looking for a flawless performance of the text, not just a satisfactory reading.
Most Notably: This contest is endorsed by the Polish Consulate in Chicago.
In Poland: The contest is supported by the Mayor of the City of Warsaw, the Ambassador of the United States to Warsaw (Poland), the Marshall of the Mazovia Province. Also, its media sponsors are: weekly Newsweek Polska, public radio station Radio dla Ciebie (2009), commercial radio station Radio PiN (2008), and a student radio station in Warsaw: Radio Kampus (2010).
In the US: You can read or hear about Libros Lege through the following media supporters: Pioneer Local, Dziennik Zwiazkowy, Polskie Radio 1030AM, TVP Polonia, Polvision, and “Oblicza Ameryki”.
History : The Eisenhower Public Library District serves the residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights. We began in 1972 with money from the federal government. After one year, residents voted to support a library using property tax revenue, which continues to be the main source of library income today.
In January of 2008 we moved into our brand-new state of the art "green" building at 4613 N Oketo. With over 43,000 square feet of space, we now have a dedicated children's department called Kids World, a Quiet Room featuring comfortable chairs and a fireplace, study rooms, a computer lab and more.
Mission : The Eisenhower Public Library District, with its helpful expert staff, offers library services in a friendly environment to all residents of Harwood Heights and Norridge. The library actively provides reference service to community residents of all ages, using the library's entire collection and all appropriate sources. The library's collection consists of current and popular materials for persons of all ages and reading levels. Use of this collection is actively encouraged and promoted by the library staff.