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2011 Adam Repán Petko Memorial Student Book Collection Competition

The GRADUATE winner of the Adam Repán Petko Book Collection Competition for 2011 is Sarah McCormick for the collection titled Desert Dreams: The History of the Coachella Valley

According to the judges,  Ms. McCormick's collection demonstrates how curiosity, knowledge and appreciation can waork together to create something wonderful. The collection originally focused on the glitz an glamour of Palm Springs, and eventually grew to encompass all of the Coachella Valley. The judges found that this collection and Ms. McCormick's descriptions gave them all a new appreciation for the neighboring desert valley, and they were impressed both by her solid scholarly approach and her obvious attachement for the region.

The UNDERGRADUATE winner of the Adam Repán Petko Book Collection Competition for 2011 Anna Garrison for her collection titled Wishes with Wings: A Hoard of Dragons

According to the judges, Ms. Garrison's collection represents a plethora of materials relating to large, mythological, winged lizards. Consisting primarily of children's and young adult literature, it represents both passionate interest and avid scholarship. Books and other items in her collection illustrate the international and enduring appeal of dragons and the collection as a whole pays homage to artistic imagination. The judges found the collection whimsical and entertaining and found the descriptions informative and knowledgeable.

The 2011 jury, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Chair, Patricia Hargis, and Michele Potter selected these entries from among nine contenders.

The winners will exhibit their collections in the Rivera lobby in the fall.


Last modified: 9/9/2011 4:09 PM by S. Allison

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