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April 29, 2014 > Hayward students to compete in library-focused essay contest

Hayward students to compete in library-focused essay contest

Submitted By Frank Holland

Young Hayward bibliophiles and library lovers will have a chance to express their feelings in an essay contest sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Public Library. Contest winners will be treated to cash scholarships and a pizza party for their entries, which must follow the prompt: ÒWhat my library means to me.Ó

Open to all K-12 Hayward residents, students attending any school in the City of Hayward or any school belonging to the Hayward Unified School District (HUSD), the contest organizers will choose winners in four different age groups. Entry requirements and scholarship levels vary by age group.

The youngest entrants (K-3rd grade) must submit a handwritten essay of no more than 50 words to be eligible for a $50 cash prize. Fourth through 6th graders are limited to 100 handwritten words as they compete for a $100 prize. Junior high and high school contestants must provide typed essays of no more than 200 and 300 words, respectively. The winner of the 7th-8th grade group will receive a $200 award; the high school winner nets $300.

ÒWeÕre very excited to see what these Hayward young people have to say,Ó said Peter Bufete of the Friends of the Hayward Public Library. ÒAdults often have a rigid, even antiquated idea of what a library is and the services it provides. The contest gives these kids a fun opportunity to explore how the library fits into their lives. And who can argue with cash prizes and pizza?Ó

HUSD students should hand their entries for the Friends of the Hayward Public Library essay contest to their English teacher. Students for non HUSD schools should email their entries to FriendsEssayContest@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 7 at 1 p.m.

All submissions must include the studentÕs full name, grade, teacher, school, phone number and parentÕs signature (if under 18). Only one entry per person is allowed and all contestants are expected to complete their essays alone without help from parents/guardians or teachers.

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