What’s Your Good News?

You could win $100, telling your story!

Submit your original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman to enter.

Stories need to be non-fiction, positive, 1000 words or less and related to : Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman, Massachusetts.
One $100 American Express Card will be awarded to the first place winner in each community. One $100 American Express Gift Card will be awarded to the popular vote winner.

BuzzAround will be awarding $800 total in prizes. Time to get writing : )

We will announce the winners in our Weekender e-newsletter: Thursday May 27, 2021
Our librarian judges will award one winner from each BuzzAround Hive: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater & Whitman, MA.

BuzzAround reserves the right to disqualify any entry. No purchase necessary, one entry per person.

Submit your stories BELOW until May 12, 2021 at 5pm.

On -line voting for the popular vote winner will be May 17 -22, 2021 on this website.

Sorry! You have missed the entry deadline for this contest. HOWEVER You can submit your good news to goodnews@buzzaround.org to be considered for publication.

 Meet the Judges:


Ann Gerald,  Assistant Director Bridgewater Public Library. Ann has worked at the Bridgewater Public Library full time since 1994.  She earned a BA in History from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s degree from University of Rhode Island. Librarian was her first job and she’s never wanted to work in any other environment.


Tammy Campbell
Tammy Campbell was born and raised in Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications Television Production from Emerson College. While working at Simmons College Graduate of Management Library she earned a Master of Library Information and Science Degree from Simmons College. Currently is the Head Children’s Services Librarian at the Brockton Public Library. She has been an exceptional employee at that Library for 15 years. She is a long time Brockton resident. She previously worked at the Providence Public Library and Boston Public Library. Her hobbies are reading, traveling, watching movies and shopping.

Zoe Rath
Zoe Rath is currently the Head of Circulation Supervisor at Brockton Public Library; she started March, 2020. Zoe has worked as a librarian for over twenty years. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from Simmons University, Boston. She previously worked at Berklee College of Music Library for over 17 years, first as reference librarian and then as manager of collection development. Back when she was a teen in Berkeley, California, her role model was a Teen Librarian who encouraged her to pursue a career in libraries. Zoe is an avid reader and loves connecting patrons with library materials, even though for now it’s via curbside pickup!

Jonathan Stroud has been a Young Adult/Teen Services Reference Librarian for one year now and loves working with teens, teen fiction, and technology. His hobbies include reading & cooking. Jonathan has an undergraduate degree from SNHU in Communications with a minor in Business Management, and is about to receive his Masters of Library Science from Syracuse University. He is also a member of ALA and YALSA.

East Bridgewater

Michelle “Shel” Stephen Shel is the Circulation Assistant at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Formerly a fifth grade teacher at the Gordon W Mitchell Middle School for 35 years, upon retirement she merged her love of reading and writing into a part time job at the library. Her responsibilities at the library include: helping patrons at the Main Desk, shelving books, suggesting books and authors to patrons, and updating monthly displays. When not at the library, Shel can be found touring and hiking New England with her husband, Dana, looking for old cemeteries, libraries, stone walls, and local sites of interest.


Deborah Adduci For the past year, Deborah Adduci has been the Community Outreach/Reference Librarian at the Holmes Public Library in Halifax. Before that, she worked at the Ames Free Library in Easton for 10 years and before that, at the Bridgewater Public Library for 10 years. Her favorite part of the job is when she totally nails a book recommendation. There’s nothing better to her than hearing a patron say “I LOVED that book!”. Deborah loves to cook and craft, and she has an ever-expanding collection of really cool pencils.


Jessie McKinney is the Children’s Librarian at the Raynham Public Library. She does regular story-times and hosts a monthly book club and Pokemon club. She loves helping people find books to love and discover their passions. In her free-time she likes to read, write, and watch foreign films.

West Bridgewater

Ellen Snoeyenbos: Ellen has been the Library Director in West Bridgewater for 6 years and a librarian for over twenty-five years. She says: ” I think it has never been more exciting than now to be in the library field.”
Ellen earned a BA in History from Carleton College, in Minnesota and a Masters Library Information Science from Simmons University, Boston
Her work history includes being the Children’s Librarian at the Holmes Library in Halifax for four years and then the Reference/Young Adult Librarian at Duxbury Free Library for seventeen years.
Ellen adds :”West Bridgewater has a lot of expanded services such as Passport Processing, 3D printing, online video story times, in-school book talks, and lots of innovative programming for a wide range of patrons. Stories and storytelling is a key component to all cultures of the world and we are excited to participate in the Buzz Around “What’s Your Good News” Story Contest!”


Hsiu-Ann Tom is the Assistant Director at the Whitman Public Library in Whitman, MA where she oversees adult programming. Before coming to Whitman Hsiu-Ann was the Digital Archivist at Tulane University’s Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, LA.Prior to working in the library and information sciences field, Hsiu-Ann served as the Veterans Services Officer for Belmont and Easton, MA and served in the United States Army intelligence field as a cryptolinguistic analyst, attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons University. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds a Digital Archival Specialist Certification from the Society of American Archivists. She is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Harvard University (MA). As a librarian Hsiu-Ann most enjoys connecting people to information and resources. She’s a trivia buff and an avid 80s music fan.