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Super Librarian Back Story Contest Winners Announced

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The INFOLINK Regional Library Cooperative and the New Jersey State Library proudly announce the winners and runners up of the Super Librarian Backstory Contest held during Teen Read Week, October 2004.
The Grand Prize winner is 15-year-old Sharon Scaife from Cinnaminson.
Scaife entered the contest at her local library, the Burlington County Library System. On April 10 at the Cinnaminson Library, Scaife will be presented with a brand new mini-IPOD from Best Buy (East Brunswick) and a backpack of prizes from Ecko Unltd. Scaife's entry will be published in the upcoming Super Librarian comic book.

Two runners up, 16-year-old Kristen Swanson from Bridgeton, who entered the contest at the Bridgeton Public Library, and 12-year-old Katy Sue Wheeler from Denville who entered the contest at the Denville Free Public Library will also receive prizes in local ceremonies at their libraries -- a $50 gift certificate from Best Buy (East Brunswick) and a prize from Ecko Unltd.

All three are invited to a luncheon on April 23rd to celebrate their accomplishments.

The Super Librarian Backstory Contest asked teens from all over New Jersey to create a back story for New Jersey's own Super Librarian comic book heroine. A panel of Youth Services librarians, in conjunction with the Super Librarian Steering Committee, read the many fantastic entries submitted by New Jersey's teens and nominated the winners in a blind roundtable discussion.

INFOLINK and the NJ State Library express their sincere thanks to the teens that contributed their time, talents and efforts to providing the Super Librarian with a unique, dramatic and mysterious past. New Jersey's teens proved what we've known all along -- there are no limits and no boundaries to their imagination.

Congratulations to our winners!

Grand Prize Winner
Sharon Scaife of Cinnaminson, NJ
Age: 15, Grade: 10
Library Sponsor: Cinnaminson Library, Burlington County Library System

Runner up
Kristen Swanson of Bridgeton, NJ
Age: 16
Library Sponsor: Bridgeton Public Library

Runner up
Katy Sue Wheeler of Denville, NJ
Age: 12
Library Sponsor: Denville Free Public Library

Super Librarian – Her Backstory

Name: Christine Kars
Age:
23
Height: 5’7”
Weight: Would never let me tell
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Raven Black
Occupation: Head Librarian of Sandview City and unknown to even her closest friends, The Super Librarian
Known Relatives: Sandra Kars [mother deceased]
  Mark Kars [father deceased]
  Gregory Tines [adoptive father]
Other Relations: Sergeant Jeffrey Roberts [fiancé]
Martial Status: engaged
Base of Operations: Sandview City, NJ

Origin

Christine Kars is the daughter of the late Mark Kars, head librarian of the Sandview Public Library, and his deceased wife Sandra Kars. Sandra died at childbirth so Christine’s father, Mark, raised her. He passed on his love of books to her and as a child she often could be found buried in one of her favorite novels. Mark later died in a suspicious fire that burnt his beloved library to the ground.

Christine, who deeply loved her father and his library, was 17 at the time and just finishing up her third year at Sandview High. She went to live with her guardian and eventual adoptive father, Gregory Tines: big-time businessman and long time friend of her father.

Christine went to college at Stratus University for a Masters Degree in Library Science. Her ardent reading and healthy hunger for knowledge helped her to easily graduate top of her class and in record time. Even though she could have chosen from a multitude of careers and positions, only one would ever appeal to her.

She followed in her father’s footsteps with the help of her adoptive father who had funded the rebuilding of the town’s library after the fire. Christine started from the bottom and worked her way up to the top and by age 22, she had reached her dream position of head librarian.

Then, hidden in one of her father’s old books, Christine found a document that confirmed her suspicions that the fire that had killed her father had been no accident. It had been set by Sandview’s very own Police Chief Manfield to destroy microfilms that connected him to a decade old conspiracy and to kill her father before he could go to the police with information he had found in those microfilms.

With all her heart, she wishes she could land Manfield into jail but this is impossible without proof. And proof she does not have. Yet-

Now Christine travels the world for evidence to avenge her father’s death and to make sure truth is never hidden. Knowledge is her sword and justice her shield. She is the sworn protector of the written word and thus, the world.

Cloaked in purple and gold she is…

The Super Librarian!

Powers
Extreme Knowledge – from all her reading
And high-tech gadgets- that her adoptive father provides her from his company Tines Laboratories.