LIBRARIES in South Tyneside are using World Book Day to launch a design competition to encouraging young people to read more.
Young readers and avid artists are being challenged to design a bookmark using the theme of a favourite story book character, to mark today’s annual celebration of the written word.
There will be three competition age categories – five and under, six to nine, and 10-15 years old.
The winner in each age will be printed, and distributed to libraries throughout South Tyneside.
Each winner will also receive a £20 book voucher.
Clare Craig, families and early years librarian for South Tyneside Council, said: “The bookmark competition is a creative way for young people to get involved and find out just how fun stories can be.
“The bookmark will help bring characters to life, and allow the designs to be enjoyed and shared with other people.”
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council and lead member for culture and leisure, said: “I think the bookmark competition is a fantastic idea.
“Anything that encourages young people to be enthused about reading gets my full support.
“Stories and storytelling are a wonderful way for people to learn new things, develop their skills and enjoy the opportunity of escaping into their own literary world.”
Coun Kerr said the competition could make for a great workshop for schools or community groups looking to be creative.
The design template can be picked up from the reception desks of local South Tyneside libraries, or downloaded from the ‘leisure and libraries’ section of South Tyneside Council’s website www.southtyneside.info
The closing date for entries is Thursday, March 28, and the winners will be announced on World Book Night, Tuesday, April 23.
For more details, call the children’s library 424 7885.
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