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Deadline approaching for third annual Youth Week Bookmark contest

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The Whistler Public Library wants all creative teens (13-18 years old) to design a bookmark and enter to win in the third annual Youth Week Bookmark Contest sponsored by Public Library InterLINK. The Make your Mark contest invites young people to apply their artistic vision and design a bookmark that celebrates books, teens and libraries.

The contest runs until March 31 st 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. The contest is also being promoted through high schools and Youthink, Greater Vancouver’s high-school magazine.

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

• Vancouver

• Fraser Valley

• Richmond

• Surrey

• Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, and Port Moody,

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

Each of the six Bookmark winners will receive $100. Second and third place winners will also be chosen in each of the six regions. Second prize is a $50 gift certificate and third prize a $25 gift certificate. Winners’ names will be sent to the local media. Judges will select the winners based on artistic merit, originality and appropriateness to the theme of books, teens and libraries.

Julia Hedley is Head of the Youth Services Department at North Vancouver District Library. She, along with a committee of youth librarians developed the idea for the contest in 2002. She explains: "This contest is one of the ways we celebrate youth and life-long reading. A large percentage of youth use libraries to find the information and resources they need for school and recreation."

In 2002 Whistler teen David Wiebe was the first place winner for the region encompassing North & West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast. He won $100 and 12,000 copies of his bookmark "Get a grip on reading" featuring a skateboarder were distributed.

All participants must return their finished bookmark to the Whistler Public Library by March 31, 2004. Don't miss your chance to show the world your artistic talents !

Whistler Friends of the Library AGM

The Whistler Friends of the Library will be holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Whistler Public Library, 4329 Main Street, Whistler. There will be a review of the year’s events, presentation of financial statements, election of officers and a special resolution to change the constitution. For more information, call Jane Reid at 604-932-3665.

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