Mar 18 2011

Konkurs Libros Lege


4613 N. Oketo Ave. Harwood Heights , IL 60706 Phone: 708-867-7828

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Pięciu zwycięzców pojedzie w nagrodę na 9-cio dniową wycieczkę do Warszawy i na Mazowsze podczas lata 2011.

Konkurs Libros Lege

Poraz czwarty rozpoczyna się konkurs czytelniczy Lebros Lege organizowany przez Bibliotekę Publiczną Eisenhower w Harwood Heights przy współpracy z Biblioteką Stołeczną w Warszawie.

Konkurs odbędzie się w dniach 9-10 kwietnia 2011 w bibliotece Eisenhower w Harwood Heights.

Warunki uczestnictwa w konkursie Lebros Lege:

1. Wiek. Uczestnik musi mieć ukonczone 16 lat w dniu 1 maja 2011.

2. Paszport. Uczestnik musi posiadać ważny paszport.

3. Chicagoland. Uczestnik musi dojechać na własny koszt do lotniska i z lotniska Chicago O’Hare International


1. online http://www.eisenhowerlibrary.org

2. telefonicznie 708-867-7828

Bardziej szczegółowe informacje dotyczące konkursu są dołączone poniżej w języku angielskim.

Po dodatkowe informacje proszę dzwonić:

Elzbieta Wolicki 773-405-7991

Libros Lege

Spring 2011

4th Annual Read-Aloud Contest

The Contest Information Packet

The Extract

Libros Lege is an annual read-aloud contest. Contestants pick a book from the list provided, read all of it in English, and then choose an excerpt to read out loud in English for a panel of judges and audience. To enter this contest, you must be at least 16 years old, able to obtain a passport and able to depart from O’Hare International Airport for the trip. You sign up for a 10-minute reading slot online at Eisenhower Public Library’s website (http://www.eisenhowerlibrary.org/) between Sunday, February 27th and Saturday, April 2nd. The readings will take place at Eisenhower on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th (with contingent dates Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th). Saturday readings take place between 10am and 5pm ; Sunday readings, between 1pm and 5pm . The 5 winners go on a 9-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Warsaw , Poland during the summer of 2011.

The Mission

Libros Lege seeks to foster cultural understanding, exchange and appreciation among the citizens of the United States and Poland through exposure to foreign literatures, languages and cultures. Contest participants in the US read English translations of Polish literature while Polish participants read American literature in English. By exposing themselves to different perspectives through books, readers expand their knowledge of the foreign and increase their tolerance of the different. The ten contest winners are immersed into the other culture the summer after the contest. The five American winners of LL become representatives of their country and spend nine days in Warsaw and the surrounding region. The five Polish winners of LL tour Chicago .

Libros Lege also encourages the reading of books in general, the exploration of other cultures through literature, the learning of languages, and interest in the United States and Poland . In addition, it aims to strengthen the position of public libraries in both countries.

The Contest Overview

Libros Lege is a read-aloud contest authored by Joanna Tucholska. (“Libros lege” means “read books!” in Latin.) This is the fourth year that Eisenhower Public Library and the Warsaw Public Library are cooperating for this contest. American participants choose a Polish book in English translation from the list provided. After reading the entire book in English, they choose a passage from the book that they would like to read aloud in front of a panel of judges and audience. The 5 LL winners are awarded an all-expenses-paid, 9-day-long trip to Warsaw , Poland over the summer.

The Requirements for Participation

You must meet 3 requirements to participate in Libros Lege:

v Age: You must be 16 years of age or older as of May 1st, 2011 .

v Passport: You must have a current passport or be able to promptly obtain one.

v Chicagoland: You must be able to get to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport on your own.

All of these criteria will be checked upon your entry into The Finals. Participants should also have a valid library card to check out their book.

You need not be a resident of Chicagoland to participate in LL. For example, a student going to college in Chicago may participate, as long as the participant is willing to take responsibility for all the costs involved with coming to Chicago to participate in the trip. No special arrangements will be made for you, and the trip leaves from Chicago O’Hare International Airport only.

The contest is closed for all family members of library employees and trustees, former LL winners, as well as English language teachers and professional performers. Should a family member of a judge participate, that judge shall abstain from giving a score. Please note, former LL participants, but not LL winners, are encouraged to read again.

The Process

Libros Lege always takes place in the spring. Parallel contests are held in Poland and in the US . In the US , the contest is held at Eisenhower Public Library in Harwood Heights. The contest is announced around March 4th, the birthday of Casimir Pulaski. The signup for Libros Lege 2011 opens on Sunday, February 27th and closes on Saturday, April 2nd. To sign up, make sure that you meet the 3 requirements above and have a library card if you are checking a book out.

The signup process this year is completely electronic. To sign up for LL, please visit Eisenhower Public Library’s website at http://www.eisenhowerlibrary.org/ and look at the calendar. Click on the time slot that is available and works for you. Please fill out all of the participant information. (For assistance, please call the Eisenhower Public Library.) The sooner you sign up, the more likely that you will get the 10-minute reading slot you prefer. If you can no longer make it to your reading for any reason, you must cancel your reservation at least 24 hours ahead of time.

The exact days of the readings depend on the number of contestants. Readings will definitely take place on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th. A second week of readings is contingent on the number of contestants or a runoff. (The second weekend will not be opened until the first weekend is full.) The next sessions of readings, if necessary, will take place on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th. Saturday readings will be held between 10am and 5pm. Sunday readings will be held between 1pm and 5pm .

Five winners will be chosen and announced. The awards ceremony will take place on the Saturday coinciding with Chicago ’s May 3rd celebration and you should plan to attend this event. In previous years, representatives of the Polish government handed out awards on the stage in Millennium Park or at Poland on the Pier events.

The Performance

Your performance (approximately 6 minutes) should contain two parts: the introduction (1-2 minutes) and the reading (4-5 minutes). You will do both in English. The reading is valued more than the introduction but it is always important to make a good first impression. You are, after all, going to be representing America during your trip to Warsaw .

The introduction is your chance to tell us a bit about yourself and the book. Be creative and interesting. Your introduction should definitely contain:

v Your name (and perhaps what you do: student, nurse, etc.)

v The title and author of the book

v A brief discussion of something related to the work you chose; possible topics include:

o The historical importance of the book and/or the author, in history or in your life

o A discussion of Polish literature

o The cultural impact of the piece

o Why you chose the book or specific passage

o An interpretation of the selection (meaning, symbolism, structural elements, etc.)

o What this book means to you

Your introduction should not be longer than 2 minutes.

You will be reading an excerpt of your choice from a book you have read in its entirety on the booklist provided. (The possibility does exist that the panel of judges will ask you a simple question about the book.) The actual length of the passage is up to you, but you should be able to read the passage well in about 4 minutes. You need not memorize the text; you can bring a copy of the book or a print-out/photocopy of the text.

The total performance should not last longer than 6 minutes. Any extra time you take will negatively impact your score, so please time your reading. The judges will NOT cut you off after your time is up. A lectern and a clock will be provided. No theatrical props or music please. Please dress appropriately for reading in front of a panel of judges and audience; no costumes.

After your reading, the library will take a digital photo of you and your book to help the panel of judges keep track of contestants. You can opt out. Please fill out a publicity survey after your performance. You can leave after your performance or stay and watch the competition.

The Books

Please read a book on this list and pick an excerpt from it to perform. Most libraries, such as Eisenhower, have these books and you may check one out with your library card. You can also obtain the book on your own, perhaps from a personal collection or at a bookstore.



The Argonauts

Eliza Orzeszko/Orzeszkowa

The Captive Mind

Czeslaw Milosz


Witold Gombrowicz

Death in Danzig

Stefan Chwin

The Doll

Boleslaw Prus

The Eighth Day of the Week

Marek Hlasko

The Elephant

Slawomir Mrozek

The Emperor

Ryszard Kapuscinski


Witold Gombrowicz

Give Us This Day

Janusz Glowacki

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad / Jozef Korzeniowski

House of Day, House of Night

Olga Tokarczuk

The Issa Valley

Czeslaw Milosz

The Key to Heaven

Leszek Kolakowski

King Matt the First

Janusz Korczak

The Knights of the Cross

Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Last Wish

Andrzej Sapkowski

Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad / Jozef Korzeniowski


Antoni Libera

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

Jan Potocki

Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

Miron Bialoszewski

A Minor Apocalypse

Tadeusz Konwicki

Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition

Czeslaw Milosz


Andrzej Stasiuk


Joseph Conrad / Jozef Korzeniowski

The Peasants

Wladyslaw Reymont

Polish Fables

Ignacy Krasicki

Quo Vadis

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Shah of Shahs

Ryszard Kapuscinski

The Soccer War

Ryszard Kapuscinski


Stanislaw Lem

Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia

Leszek Kolakowski

Tales of Pirx the Pilot

Stanislaw Lem

A Thousand Peaceful Cities

Jerzy Pilch


Witold Gombrowicz

The Trilogy:

The Deluge

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Fire in the Steppe / Colonel Wolodyjowski

Henryk Sienkiewicz

With Fire and Sword

Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Judging

The Judges, a panel of 5 to 10 individuals, will score your performance. The Judges will focus primarily on your reading: overall passion/energy, passage choice, clarity/pronunciation, tone/volume, expressiveness, etc. Secondary aspects of the performance include the introduction and body language. Like any public speaker, focus on your use of voice, eyes and face.

The Judges will be looking for a flawless performance of the text, not just a satisfactory reading. Expressiveness, artistry and creativity are encouraged.

The Trip

The 5 winners of Libros Lege choose a week, usually in the late summer (second half of August or first half of September), to tour Warsaw , Poland , and the Mazovia area as a group. All travel (round-trip flight) and stay costs (accommodations, meals, entry fees, local transportation, etc.) are taken care of by the promoters. All of the arrangements are made by the library.

In 2010 the American winners:

– Toured the Senate of the Republic of Poland , including its VIP room

– Sipped delicious chocolate desserts at the E. Wedel Chocolate Drinking House

– Dined with local authorities and the County Public Library officials in Rzeczniow

– Traveled underground in the prehistoric silica mines in Krzemionki

– Created porcelain figures and went inside the enormous porcelain-firing kiln at the Cmielow Museum of Chinaware

– Took a horse-wagon ride and rode horseback through the trails of Baltow

– Rafted, enjoyed the amusement park and experienced a 5D movie in the Jurassic Park of Baltow

– Took a choo-choo trip to Marcule to visit the arboretum and make friends around a bonfire

– Visited the Royal Castle in Warsaw , The Frederyk Chopin Museum and the 1944 Warsaw Uprising Museum

– Hand-wove with local weaver Jadwiga Czubak

In 2009 the American winners:
– Toured the Old Town , Royal Baths Park and Royal Castle in Warsaw

– Met with librarians at the Koszykowa Public Library in Warsaw , Kozienice Public Library and the Minsk Mazowiecki Public Library

– Canoed down the River Liwiec

– Attended the Polish Knighthood Tournament at medieval Liw Fortress

– Took a horse-cart ride through the Kozienice Ancient Forests

– Witnessed Polish hospitality at Garbatka Letnisko

– Took a horse ride while visiting the State Horse Stud in Kozienice

– Spent 2 days at Kazimierz Dolny, a pearl of Polish Renaissance Architecture

– Took a cruise on the Vistula River

– Attended the 5th International Music Festival “Chopin and His Europe” at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw

– Saw the 1944 Warsaw Uprising Museum

The exact program changes each year. The 5 winners will receive another information packet with more details after the award ceremony.

The Endorsement

While Libros Lege may be a relatively young contest, it has received quite a lot of endorsement, most notably from the Polish Consulate in Chicago . You can read or hear about LL through the following media supporters in Chicago : Pioneer Local, Dziennik Zwiazkowy, Polskie Radio 1030AM, TVP Polonia and Polvision.

The Polish branch of the contest is supported by the Mayor of the City of Warsaw , the Ambassador of the United States to Poland and the Marshal of the Mazovia Province ; and its media sponsors are Newsweek Polska and a public radio station in Warsaw : Radio dla Ciebie.

The Contact Information

Eisenhower Public Library is located at 4613 N. Oketo Avenue in Harwood Heights , IL 60706-4690 . Their website address is http://www.eisenhowerlibrary.org/. Their general phone number is 1-708-867-7828. Their fax number is 1-708-867-2286.

The head organizer of Libros Lege in the United States is Eisenhower Public Library’s Director Ron Stoch. His e-mail address is stochr@eisenhowerpld.org. His assistant is Patricia Radkowski.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to libroslege@eisenhowerpld.org or Mr. Stoch, or call Eisenhower Library.

You can also find us on Facebook. Search for “Libros Lege” and join us online.

The Latest

This information packet was released on February 27th, 2011 . For the most up-to-date information on Libros Lege, please visit http://www.eisenhowerlibrary.org/ and click on the “Libros Lege” link or join the facebook group “Libros Lege.” Thank you and good luck!