Teen Bookmark Design Contest Celebrates Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Contest Running Now through April 30th at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

On April 1st the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries launched their first ever Teen Bookmark Design Contest as part of the 2021 Book to Action program. Local 7th – 12th graders are invited to design an original bookmark that answers the question: “Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. What does it mean to you?” Library staff encourage local teens to tap into their creativity and use their favorite medium to express themselves on this incredibly important topic.

Downloadable entry forms are available online and printed entry forms can be picked up at Sidewalk Service at the Goleta, Buellton and Solvang libraries on Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entries are accepted now through April 30th, and completed designs can be dropped off during Sidewalk Service hours or mailed to your branch library.

Winners will be notified in mid-May and will receive a certificate and a gift card for a free smoothie from our generous local sponsor, Blenders in the Grass. Look for copies of the winning bookmark designs posted on the library website and social media pages! Plus, printed copies will be distributed in every Sidewalk Service bag through the end of June.

The Teen Bookmark Design Contest is part of the libraries’ youth programming during the Book to Action program, which centers on George Takei’s graphic novel memoir They Called Us Enemy. Online programs for all ages will include book discussions, crafts, storytimes, film screenings, guest speakers, writers’ workshops, and even an artist visit from They Called Us Enemy illustrator Harmony Becker. Visit the Book to Action webpage for full program details.

Book to Action is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.