Students throughout the city are saving their place with bookmarks made by Lawrence High School students.
Art and letters combined recently for Lawrence High School's first student bookmark contest.
"The contest was a way for the kids to celebrate American Education Week," LHS Librarian Martha Oldham said. Oldham and librarians Arla Jones and Stacia Schwartz coordinated the event to raise awareness for the week.
The submitted bookmarks were judged by the LHS librarians on creativity, design and the incorporation of the library's mission statement, "Resources, Education, Adventure, Diversity, Success at the Library!"
Although many bookmarks were submitted for judging, only one winner was selected from each class. The winners were Fallon Farokhi, sophomore; Chris Fox, junior; and Hana Takusagawa, senior; with honorable mention going to Krystal Kerr, freshman.
Oldham said the event "was a healthy competition." Many students entered the contest for the opportunity to express themselves.
"The contest was a real opportunity to get the creative juices flowing," Fallon said. "It's a good way to show your creativity."
The bookmarks were distributed throughout Lawrence public schools.
"The younger kids are very enthusiastic about the bookmarks and the competition," Oldham said.
Hana Takusagawa, winner for the senior class, was excited about having her works distributed throughout the city.
"It's not very often you get to design something that gets published," she said.
Chris Fox agreed. "It's good to get the students involved and have them do something like this."
The winners said their designs didn't just come to them. They experimented with many styles before settling on the "right one."
"It took a lot of trial and error, and trying different things," Fallon said.
Along with the distribution of their art, winners were given gift certificates to local book stores and movie theaters.
"We got gift certificates and stuff, so it was pretty cool," Fallon said.
According to Oldham and librarian Arla Jones, one of the few snags from the bookmark competition came with the printing process.
"We had trouble with the colors at first. The kids almost had black-and-white bookmarks," Oldham said. "But we got it all straightened out, and they look just great."
Another obstacle was funds for the printing.
"We were able to get them printed up, but finance is a concern," Oldham said. "We will need some sort of support from the administration."
The bookmark contest was the first in a series of interactive programs under way at the library.
"Currently we are holding another contest, involving the cover for next year's planner," Jones said. "Also we are writing to celebrities about their favorite books, which we will post around the library. We are also polling LHS teachers about their favorite books."
These promotions are an attempt to make the library more appealing to students.
"We want the library to be a place kids want to come," Oldham said.
-- Bear Goodell is a senior at Lawrence High School.