Beginning 37 years ago, the County Library has hosted an annual bookmark design contest to encourage children to read and to express themselves through drawing. The contest is open to kids who visit the library beginning in October of each year, and librarians also promote the program at their local schools.

This year the Library received 10,000 entries!

After the entries are submitted to libraries, local judges such as elected officials, Friends of the Library members and art teachers select the top choices for each library. These winners are then sent to their respective County Supervisors, who choose one bookmark in each of three different grade levels.

The Library professionally prints all of the winning bookmarks, which are then made available to the public in all 87 libraries and distributed at community outreach events.

The Library sponsors the contest primarily to get children and teens excited about reading, and each year the entrants are asked to design their bookmark so as to support a specific theme around books or reading. This year’s theme was: Read for the Fun of it!

At Tuesday’s Board meeting, Supervisor Kuehl congratulated the winners from the Third District: Carolyn Kim from Malibu Library, Sorin Moore from Westlake Village Library, Jishnu Mukherjee from Topanga Library and Lynda Barajas from San Fernando Library.