John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities

Each year the Hackley Public Library sponsors the John W. and Ruth V. Robinson Essay in the Humanities scholarship competition. The Robinson Award is the premiere writing award for high school students in West Michigan.

The Robinson Essay competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors living in Muskegon County in the fields of English, history and government. Teachers submit their students’ best classroom work for this prestigious award.

The Robinson Essay in the Humanities Award was established in 1988 by Dr. Harry W. Robinson in honor of his parents, John and Ruth Robinson . Harry Robinson received a doctorate from Harvard University and their daughter, Maxine, received a masters degree from Michigan State University. Life-long residents of Muskegon, the Robinsons were devoted to family, home and the community, and were firmly committed to the importance of education. Assisting students in their post secondary careers was of great importance to them. Funds for the Robinson Essay in the Humanities award are managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

The name of the 1st place winner of the Robinson Essay award is inscribed on a plaque that hangs in the Hackley Public Library. The winners are awarded $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

In 2015 the judges for the Robinson Awards were Jean Pataky, Robert Heaton, and James Hopper. All three are retired high school and college level teachers of English and writing.

Letter to Schools

Rules for Essay


1st Hallie Mills Mona Shores HS
2nd Nicholas Tyler Mona Shores HS
3rd Althea Muth Mona Shores HS
1st Jenna Johns Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Conner Miller Whitehall HS
3rd Abigail Bryson Mona Shores HS
1st Danielle Schugars Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Janelle Uganski Whitehall HS
3rd Kayleigh Fongers Mona Shores HS
1st Alyssa Jenkins Reeths Puffer HS
2nd Serena Gale-Butto Mona Shores HS
3rd Joshua Recknagel Mona Shores HS
1st Amber Young Mona Shores HS
2nd Brigid Kiley Mona Shores HS
3rd Elizabeth (Ellie) Demarse Reeths Puffer HS
1st Eric Hester Mona Shores HS
2nd Tim Woodcock 
Mona Shores HS
3rd Rachel Copley 
Whitehall HS


So you think you know your Black History?  Form a group with your friends (up to 4 per team, 6 teams total) and pit your knowledge against other teams.  Call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-8000 or register online to register your team (click on Feb 3 on the calendar at the right, then click on Black History Trivia Contest.)

On February 3, 2018 at 2 pm come to Hackley Public Library to see the contest.  Teams will be asked questions on Black History.  We'll have prizes for First, Second, and Third place teams, as well as some consolation prizes.   Cheer on your friends and family!

Online Resources:

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Why let kids have all the fun? Join the Adult Summer Reading Program at Hackley Public Library. For each book you read (or listen to: audio books count too!) you can put your name into a weekly drawing.

The Prizes so far are 2 $10 gift certificates to the Coffee Factory; gift certificate from the Culinary Institute of Michigan; Ginman Tire items (3 caps, flipit light switches, rechargable lights, frisbee, flashlight, glove box kit, 2 cooler bags, 2 t-shirts, tote bag, and draw string bag); 5 pairs of tickets to a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game; one night at the Holiday Inn; 3 Lascko Service Partner Plan Certificates; Weird Michigan, Hackley & Hume Historic Site: A Photographic History  and two passes from the Lakeshore Museum Center; an Edward Curtis Gift Bag (The North American Indian, 2 tickets to the exhibit, note cards, and a calendar), and Pictures of the Best Kind and a $25 gift certificate to the Muskegon Museum of Art; a t-shirt, beer glass, can cooler, and $10 gift certificate from Pigeon Hill Brewery; a cruise for one on the Port City Princess; Milwaukee Clipper items (2 tankards, coffee mug, steamboat whistle, puzzle, cookbook, Great Lakes Pin, sun visor, clock, postcards and a bookmark); two adult tickets and two children's tickets to the USS LST 393; two tickets to the historic vessels at the USS Silversides; and 2 tickets to a performance at The Block from the West Michigan Symphony.


The Grand Prize is an Apple IPad

See our Facebook Page or our Flickr page for pictures of the prizes.

How does it work? 

1. Sign up for the program at the Circulation Desk starting on Monday, June 19.  The first 200 people who sign up will get a gift.

2. Read or listen to a book (or two or three!) from the Library (eBooks from our collection count!). 

3. Fill out a form for each book, indicate the prize you want, and put it in the drawing jar.  

4. The last day to enter is August 26

5. Sometime after August 26 we will draw names for each prize, and from all the entries for a grand prize.

Optional: You may write a short review of the book you read that we will post on our website. We will not include your name with the book review.

No reading logs, no minimum number of books to read. Read what you want and as often as you want. The more you read, the better your chances of winning!

Last year over 350 people participated in the program. Be part of the fun!