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This year, the Friends of the Rourk Library encouraged library usage with the younger population in the community. The idea was to have each third-grade student at Union Primary School design a bookmark using the theme, “What My Library Means to Me.” The response was more than 120 submissions, each with a colorful design and message.
The bookmarks were judged according to class in each of the five third-grade classes. Judges for this event, which took place on April 11 at Rourk Library, were Shallotte Mayor Sara McCullough, local artist Loretta Zderad and local author Don Granger, also a Friends of the Library board member.
According to the judges, this was a difficult and challenging task because the entries were all so well done.
The awards ceremony took place on April 17 at the Union Primary School’s library. All winners received a small gift for their efforts and the five first-place winners will have their bookmarks reproduced and available for distribution not only at Union School, but also at Rourk Library. All entries will be displayed at the library.
Kelly James, library assistant, and Dawn Long-Miller, media coordinator at Union Primary School helped with the project.