65th Annual Celebration Welcomes:

Join us in Emporia, Kansas on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 for the 65th Annual White Awards Celebration and Ceremony!!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 6th

•  5:30 PM - 6:00 PM:  Sign-in for the Read-Ins and Sleepovers

•  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM:  Read-Ins and Sleepovers for 3rd through 8th Graders - Emporia Rec. Center. Read-ins with visiting authors are from 8:45-9:00pm - space limited to 100 students & adults.

Saturday, October 7th

•  7:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Autograph Sessions with 2016 Award Winners.

•  7:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Book and Souvenir Sales 

•  8:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Children's Activities

•  10:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Pep Rally around the Emporia State Campus

•  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Awards Ceremony - ESU - Webb Hall Memorial Union

Celebration Events

Read-Ins and Sleepovers - (Register early! Space limited to 100 students and adults) - Join fellow students for read-ins with the winning authors and sleepovers at the Emporia Recreation Center. Participants must register ahead of time and space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. One adult sponsor must accompany every 5 students. Students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the visiting authors during the read-ins. Use the form below to register, or call the William Allen White Library Dean's Office for more information: 620-341-5040.

Autograph Sessions - (free) - Memorial Union, Emporia State University - Winning authors will be on hand Saturday morning to sign copies of their books, which will be on sale in the Union.

Book and Souvenir Sale - Memorial Union - The University Bookstore will sell copies of books by the guest authors. There will also be t-shirts, bracelets, and posters as souvenirs of the celebration for sale.

Children's Activities - (free) - Memorial Union - A variety of activities will be available for student participation during the morning before the ceremony. These activities include:

• Live performances, including a storyteller for Grades 3-5

• Letter to Authors

• Emporia Arts Council- Craft relating to books

•  Entertainment

•  School Spirit Award - judging for the School Spirit Award will occur during the morning activities and pep rally

Awards Ceremony - ($5 per person) - The festivities will conclude with an Awards Ceremony, at which time student representatives will present our award winning authors with their White Award Medals. The ceremony will include speeches from the authors. Tickets should be ordered and purchased ahead of time to guarantee seats. Tickets will be sold at the door, but seats are assigned from the front of the auditorium to the back. Order early to get the best seats. Tickets paid for by a school check will not incur sales tax. All tickets paid for by personal check or cash will incur sales tax. Please add 8.5% sales tax. Use the form below to order Award Ceremony tickets, or call the William Allen White Library Dean's Office for more information: 620-341-5040.


Awards Ceremony Tickets Order Form 

Read-ins Registration