ALL BRANCHES of the Chattanooga Public Library will distribute free bookmarks next week in recognition of National Library Week. The bookmarks feature the art of local children.
According to Andria Davis, Chattanooga Public Library community relations director, more than 700 area children, ages 3-12, participated in the library's sixth annual National Library Week bookmark contest.
Michael White, an award-winning artist and illustrator, attended the awards ceremony to present ribbons to the winners. First-, second- and third-place awards were given to children in four groups: ages 3-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. The first-place winners' art is featured on the bookmarks.
White, a native of Georgia and graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta, has art displayed at galleries throughout the country, Davis said. The much anticipated sequel to "The Library Dragon," a children's book written by Carmen Deedy that features White's artwork, will be released during the fall.
First-place winners received a ribbon, a copy of their bookmark and a book added to the library collection in their honor, Davis said.
The Chattanooga Public Library offers children's programs year-round.
The library's Lapsit program for toddlers is for small children who sit in the laps of their parent or caregiver and learn how to hold books, Davis said. They also participate in activities designed to expand attention span. Each child and parent is given homework to complete before the next class. Lapsit is offered in six-week sessions. The current session began last week, she said.
Other programs include a weekly preschool story time, Adventure Club programs for elementary school-age children and summer reading programs for children, teens and adults that will begin May 19. Davis said more than 5,000 residents of all ages participated in the summer reading programs last year.
The first-place winners of the bookmark contest are Sam Jones, Della Craig, Molly Stanfield and Brianna House.
Earning second place were Sophia Pieton, Lovelei Pulliam, Jordan Gonzales and Garren Miller.
Third place went to Eli Walthour, Cara Steinmetz, Holland Moss and Jeffrey Chen.
EAR TO THE GROUND
100 BLACK Men of Chattanooga's LIFE Academy for Young Men is hosting its second annual Pancake Breakfast on April 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the LongHorn Steakhouse on Brainerd Road.
The organization is dedicated to supporting academic and character development and cultural enrichment programs for young men ages 11-18, said organization spokesman Erskine Oglesby.
Tickets are $5. For more information, visit 100bmchatt.org or call 821-6700.
HEARD ON THE TOWN
DO YOU KNOW someone who promotes better understanding of the Bill of Rights; someone who encourages a greater respect for the law and the courts; someone who stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights; someone who contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; someone who fosters a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law?
If you know someone with the above characteristics, Lynda Minks Hood, executive director of the Chattanooga Bar Association, encourages you to nominate him or her for the Liberty Bell Award, given to an outstanding citizen for public service. Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 award to be presented during the annual Law Day Luncheon in May. Nominations will be accepted through April 20.
Local attorneys and judges are not eligible for the award, which is presented annually by the Chattanooga Bar Association.
Contact Karen Nazor Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6396. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/karennazorhill.