WCCLS Announces Winners of 2012 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

For immediate RELEASE
Date: March 14, 2012
Contact: Jodi Nielsen, Senior Program Educator
Washington County Cooperative Library Services

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WCCLS Announces Winners of 2012 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Washington County, Oregon: The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) is proud to announce the winner of its 2012 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest. Stoller Middle School eighth-grader Elina Gouw has been awarded top honors this year for her magical drawing of a fantastic book/owl nightscape. Her design will appear on all countywide Teen Summer Reading publicity this summer.

This marks the third year that WCCLS has encouraged young artists to submit designs that are representative of the library's summer reading theme. Over 40 pieces of artwork were submitted to the WCCLS member libraries during the months of January and February. In early March a panel of teen library enthusiasts and local librarians met to select the piece they felt would best represent the 2012 Summer Reading Program and its theme of "Own the Night". Conducted utilizing a blind review process - the judges were looking for an exciting and original piece.

Elina is not new to artistic success. In 2011 she was awarded Honorable Mention during the WCCLS Teen Summer Reading Art Contest. In addition, she recently won grand prize in the Human Rights Council of Washington County's Human Rights Poster Contest. It is obvious that she has a wonderful talent.

Elina will receive a $150 gift card to Powell's Books. The 2nd Place and Honorable Mention winners will receive gift cards for Dick Blick Art Materials.

Below is a full list of 2012 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest winners:

1st Place - Elina Gouw (Stoller Middle School)

2nd Place - Sarah Hansen (Homeschooler)

Honorable Mention (Tie) - Kait Baird (Arts & Communication Magnet Academy) and Isabelle Cho (Southridge High School)

The 2012 Summer Reading program web pages (youth, teen and adult) go live on May 1st: www.wccls.org/SRP

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.