In one scene, stylized musical instruments play across a brightly colored background. In another, a bird, perched in the branches of a leafy tree, lifts its head and fills the air with a twirling line of music.
Last year, Wyandot Elementary School third-grader Nischith Srikanth and Hyatts Middle School sixth-grader Vaishnavi Eranki were instrumental in getting children excited about Worthington Libraries' music-themed summer reading club.
The pair, and 10 others, won a library contest and had their drawings turned into bookmarks – available in each library location throughout the spring and summer – which promoted the reading club's start date and theme.
This year's contest is underway, so students should dig out their art supplies and get to work.
Through the end of March, students 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 reading-club theme, "Kickin' It Old School." Digitally created images will also be accepted.
Up to three drawings may be entered, but each must be returned to the library by March 31.
Three winners will be chosen from each of the following categories: preschool-kindergarten, grades one through three, grades four through six and middle school/high school.
It may seem too early to think about summer – or perhaps you've been thinking about it since last fall – but the 2019 reading club is approaching.
Babies, children, teens and adults will earn points for time spent reading.
Program attendance helps participants reach the finish line, too.
Old-school fun will include camping, karaoke, making mud pies and tie-dye clothing, trivia and a summer sock hop. There also will be opportunities to meet wild animals, talk books and play games.
Register at any library location starting May 28. The club will continue through July 28.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.