Monday, November 23, 2009

Get Creative about your library!

The At My Library Creative Essay Contest seeks original, creative essays about users' unique experiences at libraries and why American libraries are important. The grand prize winner will receive $350, and a People's Choice Award winner will receive $100. In addition, the top 10 finalists will have their essay published on the homepage of

The essays must be about library users' experience(s) at libraries and include the name of the library or libraries (or their Web sites) where the experience(s) took place.

Go to for complete details and instructions. Deadline to submit is December 7, 2009. And be sure to vote for the People's Choice Award, which ends December 14, 2009.

So if you've had a good experience--or just want to say why libraries are important, start planning your contribution now! And it's not limited to print essays--you can make a video or photo slide show.

And if you sign up for the newsletter in the next two months, you will be entered in a raffle for two Apple iPod Nanos. Valid email address is all that's required.

The only requirement of the essay is that it describes your personal experience at the library and that it includes the name of the library. So get creative and share the joy of libraries.