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Des Plaines librarian wins "Soon to be Famous" author award

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Joanne Zienty, a Wheaton resident and library media specialist at Forest Elementary School in Des Plaines, is the winner of the first Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Zienty was announced winner for her book "The Things We Save" at an award ceremony held last week at the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries (RAILS) headquarters in Burr Ridge. Librarians served as judges for a contest in which 103 self-published adult fiction authors competed, according to the Illinois Library Association.

The contest was started by library marketing professionals after listening to a presentation by brand expert and New York University professor David Vinjamuri, who spoke at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference.

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