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 2018 the judges for the Robinson Awards were Jean Pataky and Robert Heaton. Both judges are retired high school and college level teachers of English and writing.

Letter to Schools

Rules for Essay


1st  Max Wilson Mona Shores HS
2nd  Emilia Tallent Mona Shores HS
3rd  Cody Jonaitis
Reeths-Puffer HS
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




2:00 - 3:00 PM Feburary 2, 2019 -- Hackley Public Library, lower level meeting rooms


So you think you know your Black History?

Embrace the challenge, and form a group with your friends (up to 4 per team), testing your knowledge against other teams!

To register, call Hackley Public Library at 231-722-8011, or visit online our online events calendar to register your team.

Not interested in participating in the contest? That's okay! On February 2, 2019 at 2 pm come to Hackley Public Library to see the contest! Teams will be asked questions on Black History, so join us to cheer on your friends and family!


Online Resources:

HPL Libraries Rock

Rock out and read this summer by joining Hackley Pubic Library's 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program!

Teens (high school age) and adults welcome! 

For each library book you read or listen to (print books, eBooks, audiobooks) your name will be entered into a drawing. 
The more books you read the better chances you have of winning! 

 Sign up at Hackley Public Library
June 12

List of PrizesGrand Prize

How does it work? 

1. Sign up for the program at the Circulation Desk starting on Tuesday, June 12.  The first 250 people who sign up will get a gift.
    Everyone who signs up will be entered into the drawing for the GRAND PRIZE.

2. Read or listen to a book, or two or three,  from the library. 

            Don't forget about using Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks. 

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 24th. 

5. Sometime after August 24 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.

Read what you want and as often as you want. The more you read, the better your chances of winning!