The Frankford Public Library announced its participation in The Library of Congress’ “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest this year.

The contest, which is open to rising fifth- and sixth-graders, is a written reflection on a book that has impacted the students in their personal lives. This is done in the form of a one-page letter, typed or handwritten, to their local librarian, who submits the work to The Library of Congress.

The contest is a way to foster critical thinking skills and, said Mary Shockley, the youth services librarian for the Frankford Public Library.

The book can be any manner of literature, from picture books to longer chapter style books, as long as it has been an influential read and had an impact on the student.

There are numerous awards for placing in the contest at the state level. The contest awards 30 state finalists, six state winners and three grand prize winners with gift cards. Winners will be honored at a presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September.

For more, email mary.shockley@lib.de.us or call 732-9351.