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Library Bookmark Contest

Inspired by the Florida Library Association, we decided a bookmark contest would be a great way to celebrate National Library Week in April.

While we marketed the contest to three age groups (under 11, 11-18, and adult), all our participants were under 14. A couple of our winning entries came from an outreach at a local playground. The prizes were gift certificates to the ice cream parlor across the street from the library.  As you can see, we got some fantastic graphics out of the deal. 

Feel free to adapt any of these materials to use in your library. 

You can customize the back of the bookmark to suit the program. So far, we featured our summer program schedule and our hours/website information. 

I created a template for the bookmarks in MS Publisher. To do this, set the page size to 2 x 7.5 inches and set the print settings to Multiple copies per page // Number of copies: 5 // Properties: Duplex: Print on Both Sides. Neither WordPress nor Docstoc support .pub files, but here’s a pdf version of the Reading can take you anywhere bookmarks.

Contest Rules and Entry Form
The winners part 1 of 2
The winners part 2 of 2


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All about the library crossword puzzle

I made this crossword for an outreach to fourth graders.

According to my fearless leader, the first one I made was too hard.  What, 4th graders wouldn’t know A written or spoken work of art in which the sound of the language is used to create an emotion or the process of checking out and returning books; also something your body does with oxygen.  :)

It’s saved on the Armored Penguin puzzle maker website.  You can get printable versions, the answer key, or even answer it online here.

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