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Library holds bookmark creation contest

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Imagine seeing an original piece of artwork that you created distributed at libraries and used as a placeholder in countless great books. The Hernando County Library System is inviting its patrons to make their mark through the design of a bookmark!

Patrons are encouraged to visit the Hernando County Library Main Branch in downtown Brooksville during February’s Library Lovers Month and design their own bookmarks. Library Lovers Month is a nationally acknowledged library appreciation holiday approved by the American Library Association and celebrated from coast to coast through programs designed to draw more people into the libraries.

Once their artwork is complete, they can turn it in at the library circulation desk for the chance to be a featured bookmark artist and see their original bookmark distributed during National Reading Month! To appeal to avid readers and artisans of all ages, the competition features four age ranges:
Ages 4-8
Ages 9-12

“The Library Lovers Bookmark contest is to celebrate Library Lovers Month here at the library,” said Kristi Mosac, Information Specialist II at the BV/Main Library.

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Mosac said that library administrators provide contest entrants with the tools they need to succeed in the competition. “We created a flier with information, the age ranges for the contest, contact information, and a 3×8 inch template for their bookmark,” Mosac said.

Entrants are encouraged to exercise full creative control over their work. The participants can use any medium for their bookmarks, and the choice is theirs; crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.

Winners of the Library Lovers Bookmark Contest will see their designs put in the spotlight. “The four winners will receive a laminated version of their bookmark and a certificate,” said Mosac. “The winners will be chosen by staff, and their designs will be distributed during National Reading Month in March. We will also post the winning bookmarks on our social media.”

Patrons of the Hernando County Library System are encouraged to show their love for the local libraries, just as some of their artistic designs become a part of library history.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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