2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program! The theme for this year was “I imagine a world where…”

Photo of poetry contest winners5-8 years old
1st Elise Klein
2nd Lia Bondurant
3rd Anna Klein

9-12 years old
1st Heidi Royer
2nd Haley Garrett
3rd Corrie Bolton

13-18 years old
1st Dallin Rickabaugh
2nd Garett Ballard
3rd Anna Casady

The contest was judged by Clarence Wolfshohl and Denise Felt. For more information, please visit the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. You can also read the winning entries on the library’s website!

Imagine That! Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest

Photo of child writingApril is National Poetry Month. In celebration, the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program are inviting Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem. Kids and teens are challenged to write a poem that explores the theme, “I imagine a world where…”

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group, and a brief awards ceremony will be held on May 1 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton. Download full contest rules and an entry form here. Entries must be received by April 14, 2014.

Need some inspiration? Check out this book list of recommended poetry and verse for kids.

Summer Reading 2014 Bookmark Contest

picture of chemistry setHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on either the teen theme, ”Spark a Reaction,” or the kids’ theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer.

Please design two-dimensional artwork, using crayons, markers or any other illustration tool or medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! For ages 18 and under. Download an entry form or get one at your library or on the bookmobile.

Entry deadline is Monday, March 31.

Win a Free Book and Tie Those Shoes!

cover of the bookI can’t remember how I learned to tie my shoes, but I do know that I didn’t have a cute poem or story to help me along. When I asked friends how they learned to tie their shoes, they said, “Oh yeah, I learned to tie my shoes with a rhyme about a bunny, but I don’t remember it.” Next, I looked for books and found “Look! I Can Tie My Shoes” by Susan Hood, a sweet story about a little girl who loves shoes. It even includes illustrated instructions for tying a bow. As for the bunny rhyme, I had to do an Internet search and I found many different versions. Continue reading

2014 National Radon Poster Contest

Picture of 2013 Missouri Winner: AnnaRadon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, water and soil. This gas can cause lung cancer, so education about its detection is important. Help people learn about the dangers of radon and the importance of having their homes tested by participating in the 2014 National Radon Poster contest. Children ages 9-12 are encouraged to create a poster to raise awareness. Posters will be judged at the state level, and the winners will move on to compete at the national level. Find out how you can participate!