By Emily Sorensen
This year marks the 100-year anniversary for the San Diego County Library, and the library is giving back to the community with stories, art and fun events.
Now through the end of May, the San Diego County Library is teaming up with Blick Art Materials to hold a countywide art contest. Eager readers and artists are encouraged to submit their drawn or painted art piece, measuring no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches, on the theme of “100 Years of Stories,” to any of the library’s 35 countywide locations.
There will be three age groups in the contest, kids (12 and below), teens (13 - 17), and adults. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from each age category, and the first place winners in each age group will have their artwork featured on bookmarks distributed at all county library locations.
Recommended media for artwork include pencil, pen, crayon, marker, charcoal, and/or paint. The library will be hosting Art Contest programs where customers can use donated art supplies to create their contest entries. Check with your local library to see when they are hosting an event.
The library is also hosting a number of centennial events throughout the year, including historical lectures and celebrations. The El Cajon library will be holding a series of historical lectures on the library, with the first featuring Del Hood, former editor of the Daily Californian newspaper, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
Three celebrations of the library’s centennial have also been planned throughout the year, at the Encinitas library Feb. 23, the Poway Library May 4, and the Fallbrook library May 11.
Those interested in the history of the San Diego County Library can also check out the library’s website, which features stories from library employees, a photo slidehow of the library’s history, and a written history of how the San Diego County Library came to be.
For more about the library’s centennial, visit www.sdcl.org/centennial/index.html.