2019-2020 Missouri Gateway Award Winner

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2019-2020 Missouri Truman Award Winner

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough


The Truman/Gateway Readers Club is a book club hosted by the Downtown Library for kids in 7th through 12th grade. All you have to do to be a member is read the current Truman/Gateway Award nominees. You can win prizes and be entered for a really cool grand prize just for reading the books.

Here’s how to become a member:

  1. Read a Truman or Gateway nominee from any of the SJPL branches
  2. Contact Katey at the Downtown Library to let her know what you’ve read. We’ll keep track and contact you when you’ve earned a prize. You can email her at kgirard@sjpl.lib.mo.us or call at 232-7729.


  • Prizes are awarded after reading 4 books, and 8 books.
  • After 4 books, your name is put into a drawing for a Kindle which party attendees are eligible to win.

The program runs through March every year and we will have a book/pizza party to discuss the nominees, eat pizza, and have the prize drawings. You also get to vote for your favorite Truman or Gateway nominee.