by Linda Picceri
School Librarian, Watertown Middle School
MSLA Publicity co-Chair
The winners for MSLA’s Annual Bookmark Contest have been selected, thanks to an amazing lineup of authors, illustrators and commissioners from the MBLC. This year’s theme was “My School Librarian Teaches It All.”
The team of distinguished judges included author/illustrator, Stephen Krensky, author/illustrator, Mary Newell DePalma, author/illustrator Ralph Masiello, author/illustrator David Biedrzycki, author Tui Sutherland, author Mitali Perkins, illustrator, Vicky Enright, illustrator Kati Wish, Mary McDonough from the Child at Heart Gallery, and Em Claire Knowles, Vicki Kaufman and Carol Caro from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. They had their work cut out for them because there were so many wonderful drawings to choose from this year.
Students created designs illustrating the exciting experiences and challenging projects that take place in the school library as well as the lessons and skills that school librarians teach.
VIEW all the winners, honorable mentions, and the winning bookmarks on the MSLA website.
Judging took place at the Plympton Elementary School in Waltham on January 28th. Thanks go to Judi Paradis for hosting the afternoon’s festivities, to Gerri Fegan for running a smooth show, and to the rest of the committee, Nancy Kellner, Ann Perham, Laura Harrington, and Nancy Snow, who worked hard to make this year’s Bookmark Contest a success. Winning students will be awarded 500 copies of their design, an enlargement of their bookmark, a gift certificate to a local bookstore, a framed award certificate, and a commendation from their legislator. Prizes will be awarded to honorable mentions as well. Winners and honorable mentions, along with their families, collaborating teachers, and administrators, will attend a ceremony at the State House on March 9th which is also Library Legislative Day. Students will receive their awards and be given a special tour of the State House.
We can always use more school librarians to help with the Bookmark Contest. If you would like to lend a hand, simply complete the MSLA volunteer application located on the MSLA website, or contact Kathy Lowe, MSLA Executive Director.