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three of the winning bookmark designs

Celebrating National Library Week, April 7-13

April 7-13, 2019, is National Library Week. Johnson County Library is celebrating by presenting the winners of the annual Friends Bookmark Design Contest. The presentation will be made at the monthly meeting of the Johnson County Library Board of Directors at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 11, at the Central Resource Library.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 400 original illustrations in seven age categories from preschool to adult. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only. Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only, and the original art must be submitted.

Jurors for the event included Friends of Johnson County Library board members and JCL kid’s librarians. The winning illustrations are printed as bookmarks and distributed during the year at the 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and at the three Friends bookstores. More than 6,000 bookmarks will find homes between pages by the end of the year.

“They’re so wonderful,” exclaims Friends president Julie Steiner, of Lenexa, “and I collect a new set every year. They’re a great way to get creative people of all ages interested in our excellent library system.”

Library patrons may begin collecting their new bookmarks Friday, April 12 at their nearest Johnson County Library.