Bloomfield library to host photography contest

Friday, April 5, 2013

In an effort to promote National Library Week, the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library will host a photography contest open to the public.

National Library Week is April 14 to 20.

Librarian Kimberly Porter said the theme for the photo contest is "How Your Community Matters To You".

"Photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit a photo that captures how the community matters to them," Porter wrote in a news release.

Participants can submit their original photograph to the library main branch, located at 125 S. Franklin St. in Bloomfield, between April 15 and 20. Photographs must be 5-by-7 or 8-by-10, matted or framed, and capture an aspect of the community.

Photos will be displayed in the library and voted on by patrons of the library. Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 4. There will be a winner in each category for preschool to second grade, grades 3 through 5, 6 through 12 and an adult category.

Porter added there is no fee to enter the contest, but any books or monetary donations are appreciated.

The library will also be hosting Tots Story Time April 17 at 10:30 am. There will be stories about noisy things and participants make a craft to take home.

Pre-School Storytime will be April 18 at 10:30 a.m. This special storytime will be about parties, and participants will listen to stories and make a craft to take home.

The goal of the photo contest is to promote the library during National Library Week, and increase the library's commitment to the community.

The Indiana Library Federation released information that explained despite the increased use of e-books and the Internet, local libraries still are an important part of the community.

Indiana libraries are visited by around 42 million people a year of all ages to use traditional books, learn about the e-reader programs, take computer classes, check out CDs and DVDs, and do research.

The library has easy-to-find resources, and has librarians on hand to answer questions about projects.

"The library is a place that is open and welcoming to all regardless of one's socioeconomic position. It is the place where teens have discovered that the library is a cool place to go while at the same time scores of young parents engage in important childhood literacy programs," the press release explains.

For more information about the photograph contest or about services offered by the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library, call the library at 384-4125 or visit any circulation desk.

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