In one scene, your eye is immediately drawn to the soon-to-bloom blue, purple and pink buds of a spring flower. In another, rainbow-colored panels embellish letters with a message: "Keep calm and read."
Last year, Worthington Hills Elementary School third-grader Zoe Kellner and Karrer Middle School seventh-grader Nikhita Srikanth were instrumental in getting children excited about Worthington Libraries' Summer Reading Club.
The pair and 10 others won a library contest and had their drawings turned into bookmarks – available in each library throughout the spring and summer – that promoted the reading club's start date and theme.
This year's contest is about to get underway, so get your art supplies ready. Through the end of March, children in preschool through high school can pick up a bookmark template at any library location.
Crayons, colored pencils, markers and paints can be used to illustrate this year's Summer Reading Club theme, Let the Music Play; digitally created images also will be accepted. Up to three drawings may be entered, but each must be returned to a library by March 31.
Three winners will be chosen from the following categories: preschool/kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-6 and middle school/high school.
It might seem too early to think about summer – or perhaps you've been thinking about it since last fall – but the 2018 Summer Reading Club is approaching fast.
Babies, children, teens and adults can turn fun stuff like reading, creating and exploring into gift cards, bikes, tech toys and free food.
Program attendance helps participants reach the finish line, too. Jazz it up this year in singing, dancing and performance workshops or by meeting wild animals, talking books, playing games and much more.
To make sure your child has plenty of time to complete the club, register at any library location starting May 29. The club will continue through July 29.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.