Madison-Oneida BOCES School Library System
Student Calendar Contest
February 26 – March 22
School Librarian markets program, collects entries, and judges at the building level (if desired.)
March 23 – April 10
School librarian displays entries in library.
Deadline for shipping calendar entries to the SLS. (*They must be sent before Spring Break.*)
April 24-May 1
Notification of contest winners and postcard invitations for winners.
Admin/Awards Breakfast. Artwork will be displayed; calendars will be distributed. Certificates will be conferred for all winning entries; grand prize winners will also receive a $15 Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
All entries should reflect the theme in some way. Original student artwork, essays or poetry are being solicited. It is not necessary for the exact wording to appear in the artwork or essay. The submission should highlight how the student’s school librarian or school library has positively impacted them. Judges will look for:
Only if you would like to. Some librarians like to make it a contest at the building level, with the best entries being sent on to the SLS.
Others prefer to send along a giant stack of entries, and leave all of the judging to the SLS staff.
Remember that this contest purposely coincides with School Library Month – April, because it’s also intended to be an opportunity for you to display student entries and promote school libraries during School Library Month (April). With this in mind, a possible time-frame is: advertise and collect entries by the end of March, and then display them in your library in the first few weeks of April. (See document with suggested Timeline for specifics.)
Absolutely. Feel free to ask your art teacher, a classroom teacher, or any other staff member to collaborate on this project.
We will send notification to you in early May to share with your student and their parent/guardian, which includes an invitation for the student and up to two family members to attend the breakfast on May 22.
Though historically almost all most winners have been able to come with a family member, when that isn’t possible some schools have made alternate arrangements for the winning student, e.g., for alternate transportation and inviting them to be “guests” of the librarian and/or administrator. Of course, that is entirely up to the school/district.
All winners will have their artwork featured in the SLS Calendar (2019-20) as well as at the Awards Breakfast, and will also receive a certificate at the Awards Breakfast. Grand prize winners will also receive a $15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.
Entries must be submitted before you depart for spring break (April 11). We will be judging mid-week spring break, in order to turn the artwork around to the print shop in a reasonable period of time.
Early Elementary = K-1
Middle Elementary = 2-3
Upper Elementary = 4-5
Middle school = 6-8