Youth invited to design a bookmark 

On Feb. 11 the Public Library InterLINK family of libraries launched a contest for youth aged 13-18 years old. The Celebrate: Design-A-Bookmark contest invites young people to apply their artistic vision and design a bookmark that celebrates books, reading, libraries and youth. Winning designs will be announced and promoted during Youth Week (May 4-10, 2002).

The contest runs now until March 22, 2002 and entry forms are available in all Public Library InterLINK libraries including libraries in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Port Moody, North & West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Whistler, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast.

Five winning bookmark designs will be chosen, one from each of the following regions:

Vancouver

Fraser Valley

Richmond and Surrey

Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, and Port Moody,

North & West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast.

Each of the five Bookmark winners will receive $100. Two additional honourable mentions will also be selected in each of the five regions. Honourable mention winners will receive gift certificates for books valued at $50 or $25. Winning bookmark designs will be printed and distributed through the libraries (60,000 copies) with publicity to celebrate the annual Youth Week.

Julia Hedley is head of the Youth Services Department at West Vancouver Memorial Library. She, along with a committee of youth librarians developed the idea for the contest. She explains, "Libraries help create life-long readers. A large percentage of youth use libraries to find the information and resources they need for school and recreation. This contest celebrates youth and the joy of reading!"

Public Library InterLINK is the co-operative federation of 17 public libraries encompassing over 70 library sites from the Fraser Valley to the Sunshine Coast and serving over 2.3 million residents. This partnership fosters and promotes the provision of quality library services to residents through open access to member libraries and the development and implementation of collaborative cost effective service efficiencies and enhancements.

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