Surprise promotes literacy through bookmark art contest

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the Friends of the Surprise Libraries have kicked off a bookmark contest for sixth- through eighth-grade students to help create awareness for reading and literacy.

Winners in each grade will receive a plaque and a monetary award.   File photo

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the Friends of the Surprise Libraries have kicked off a bookmark contest for sixth- through eighth-grade students to help create awareness for reading and literacy.

The contest, which began Dec. 11, will give local students the opportunity to showcase their artistic talent by creating a bookmark with a reading and literacy theme. It will then be professionally printed and distributed by the library. 

In addition to having their artwork created on a bookmark and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise, winners in each grade level will receive a plaque and a monetary award. First place winners will receive $100 for each grade level and those earning honorable mention in each grade level will be awarded $25.

The contest will run through Jan. 31, which is the deadline for all entries. Judging of the bookmark design entries will take place on Feb. 7. This year's contest will also include an art show where all entries will be on display at the What's Happening Art Movement headquarters in March. 

Visit http://www.friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org/doc/Bookmark_Contest_Entry_Form.pdf for details and for artwork requirements. Those wishing to participate can also email admin@friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org or call 623-826-4939.

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