“I’m WILD About My School Library” MSLA Bookmark Contest

It is time for your students to let you know why they are wild about their school library.  The annual Massachusetts School Library Association Bookmark Contest for students in grades K-12 is underway.  This year’s theme, “I’m WILD About My School Library” is sure to inspire some fun and creative artwork.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and for you to create enthusiasm about reading and school libraries.   Any current member of MSLA can submit student work to the contest.  If you are not a member of MSLA, I encourage you to join at www.maschoolibraries.org. Entries are due to Linda Coviello by February 17, 2012 (see below).

MSLA has compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about the contest on their website:

How do I run the contest at my school?
You have the choice of doing it a number of ways: working with classroom or art teachers, having students work on it during library time or free time, celebrating literacy events such as Children’s Book Week or Banned Book Week. Promote this school-wide contest and offer prizes for winners in your school.

When do I send in the contest entries?
You may send the entries via mail anytime…all entries must be postmarked by February 17, 2012. Send entries to: Lt. Job Lane School / Linda Coviello MSLA Bookmark Contest / 66 Sweetwater / Bedford MA 01730

What information do I need to submit an entry?
The contest templates for photocopying are on the website at http://maschoolibraries.org/content/view/745/361/.  Each entry needs the student’s name, grade, school, school address, the member librarian’s name and email address, and the name of your local newspaper. We also ask for parent/guardian signature for publicity purposes. Entries without parent/guardian permission are disqualified.  Previous winners recommend that you fill out as much of the entry with school information before photocopying. Print the required information and duplicate for your students.

Will I be able to get my students’ entries back?
Entries will NOT be returned. The best advice would be to scan your entries into a file or to make color copies before mailing.

What do the students win?
Winning students receive:

  • 500 bookmarks of their winning design
  • An enlargement of their bookmark
  • A gift certificate to a local book store
  • A framed award certificate with our distinguished judges’ autographs
  • A commendation from their legislator
  • An invitation to participate at the awards ceremony at MLA/MSLA Joint Legislation Day in March or April (TBA)
  • A tour of the State House on Legislation Day

Honorable Mention awardees receive:

  • A personal set of 50 bookmarks of their winning design
  • An enlargement of their bookmark
  • A framed award certificate with our distinguished judges’ autographs
  • A commendation from their legislator
  • An invitation to participate at the awards ceremony at MLA/MSLA Joint Legislation Day in March or April (TBA)
  • A tour of the State House on Legislation Day

This year, judging will take place at the MSLA conference in March.  Judges will include many of the authors/illustrators who will be at the conference including Christopher Bing, Jeannie Brett, Andrew Clements, Kathleen Duble, Jack Ferraiolo, Jarrett Krosoczka, Mitali Perkins and Heidi Stemple.

Even if you are not a member of MSLA, there will still be a chance to submit your students’ work to the contest through the BPS district office.  As a district library supervisor, I am able to submit three entries directly to MSLA.  The three BPS winning entries I submit will be determined by a group of judges in early February, so please deliver your entries to my office (in person or postmarked) no later than Friday, January 27, 2012.  This date is only to submit work that will be considered for the three entries I will send to MSLA; if you are a member of MSLA, please submit your entries directly to Linda Coviello.  Please be sure to submit entries to only one place.  Also, please use the MSLA contest form/criteria (see link above) when submitting student work to my office to ensure that any winning entries have all of the required information for submission to MSLA.  The three BPS students whose bookmarks are chosen to be submitted to MSLA through my office will each receive a Barnes and Noble gift certificate.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Best of luck to all entrants!
Amy Short

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