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Friends of the Library sponsors bookmark design contest

Winners of the 2016-17 Friends of the Library fourth grade bookmark contest are, front row (from left to right): Blake Oberle of Hudson Prairie Elementary, Cecilia Becken of Trinity Academy and Sophia Green of Houlton Elementary. Back row: Nils Dreier of E.P. Rock Elementary, Laney Heyer of North Hudson Elementary, Griffen Rabideaux of Willow River Elementary and Addison Steep of River Crest Elementary. Not present: Aiden Nelson of St. Patrick School. Photo submitted by Joyce Law1 / 9
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Hudson School District fourth-grade classes participated in the annual bookmark design contest sponsored by Friends of the Hudson Library during the 2016-17 school year. The students were asked to design a bookmark about the library, books or reading. This is the sixth year that the design contest has been held.

This year's winners are Griffen Rabideaux of Willow River Elementary; Laney Heyer of North Hudson Elementary; Blake Oberle of Hudson Prairie Elementary; Sophia Green of Houlton Elementary; Cecilia Becken of Trinity Academy; Aiden Nelson of St. Patrick School; Addison Steep of River Crest Elementary; and Nils Dreier of E.P. Rock Elementary.

The contest winners and their parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives and art instructors were invited to attend an awards presentation May 20 at the library. Designers of the winning bookmarks were each awarded a certificate of achievement, as well as prizes donated by Dough Boys Pizza, Dairy Queen, Culver's Restaurant and Friends of the Hudson Library.

Art instructors at the participating schools are Jodi Youngman at Willow River Elementary and Houlton Elementary, Kayla Rihm at Prairie Elementary, Cindy Burak-Gresmer at E.P. Rock Elementary and River Crest Elementary, Megan Gaworecki at North Hudson Elementary and River Crest Elementary, Tric Pieper at St. Patrick School, and Heather Mitchell at Trinity Academy. Bookmark designs were judged by watercolor artist Jeanette Richards, librarian Nicole Gelina and Hudson Prairie Elementary second grade teacher Julie Zamzow.

The eight winning bookmarks — one from each public and private elementary school — have been printed and are available at the library's first-floor and second-floor circulation desks for library patrons to pick up and use.