The Friends of Johnson County Library are celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 17 - 23) by presenting the winners of the annual Bookmark Contest! The winning illustrations will be printed as bookmarks and distributed during the year at the 14 branches of the Johnson County Library and at the Friends bookstores and sales.
“They’re so wonderful,” exclaims Friends president Jeanie Botkin, “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.”
The annual competition is generously supported by the Friends of Johnson County Library. This year, the contest accepted more than 250 original illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Jurors for the event included Friends of Johnson County Library board members and Johnson County Library Youth Service Librarians. More than 6000 bookmarks will find homes between pages by this time next year.
Kindergarten and Pre-K:
Halley Harrison, Homeschool
Freya Webster, Mill Creek Elementary School
Grades 1 + 2
Dhruvin Vaidya, Valley Park Elementary School
Marin Hannaman, Westwood View Elementary School
Grades 3 + 4
Olive Langford, Mill Creek Elementary School
Bennett Barnes, Madison Place Elementary School
Grades 5 + 6
Annique Gras, Rising Star Elementary School
Rachel Pishny, Aubrey Bend Middle School
Zaylen Costlow, Wellsville Middle School
Grades 7 + 8
Siena Roper, Mill Creek Elementary School
Gia Ange, Horizon Academy
Grades 9 – 12
Yliana Piggee, Gardner Edgerton High School
Zahra Mirza, Blue Valley North High School
Emma Tattershall, Spring Hill, KS
Will Jones, Greenwood, Indiana – our first-ever interstate winner!