The Annual Blue Spruce Contest

By Lars “Rocco” Deering

The Annual Blue Spruce Contest is a contest that has been going on between the Weld Central High School library, and the Weld Central Middle School library since 2008. This year’s contest started on September 15th, and will run through December 15th.   

The Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award is a unique and different award, because it only lets Colorado teenagers to participate. The contest helps give exposure to popular books and motivate teenagers to read for fun.


20161101_093058_hdr2To participate you must read 3 or more of the 12 nominated books. When you do that , your school’s library earns 3 points. The library also gains points for student nominations, and if the books chosen win the contest. Points are tallied when the contest ends in January, and the school with the largest amount of participation wins! The winning school receives a plaque that hangs in the winning libraries library until next year’s contest.


The current record is 5 wins for the middle school and 4 wins for the high school, but the high school has come back to win the past 3 years, and hope to tie the contest with a 4th this year.


Paula Amen, Weld Central High School librarian and media specialist, has lead the high school to three consecutive Blue Spruce Victories.

The lists of the books that have been nominated for this year’s contest are:

  • Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  • The Amazing Book is Not on Fire  by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)  by Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu

If you are interested in participating or want to know more please talk to Judy Roskop (Middle School Librarian) or Paula Amen (High School Librarian,) and be sure to participate!

Photos by Katie Schmidt and Gage Hesse

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