Posted: 10/20/2021 17:17:48 PM
BERNARDSTON – The Cushman Library is calling on young artists from Bernardston and neighboring towns to submit creative designs to a competition to help determine a logo for its new teen programming group, Teen Advisors of Cushman Library, or TACL.
Assistant Librarian Ellis Townsley said the competition is open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 who is interested in libraries and what they have to offer. Townsley noted that the library had contacted the principal and art teachers at the Pioneer Valley Regional School to encourage participation.
Entries must be submitted by the end of October for a chance to win a $ 25 gift certificate to the World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield. Email images of logo entries with artist name and age to Townsley at [email protected] Send submissions as a JPEG or PDF file.
Contest entries must either be linked to the group’s name or be based on the acronym TACL, pronounced “tackle,” which Townsley says can have several different meanings.
“There is the idea of a tackle box with books in it, but because the teenage group is not just a book group, you can also include things like art supplies, technology and whatnot. kind of stuff, ”Townsley said. “Usually we don’t want to give too much advice because we want it to be creative and come from the teens themselves. ”
Townsley said the library had so far held a meeting with members of the teenage group and a recent second meeting with members of Libraries in the Woods (a coalition of 27 local rural libraries), where they discussed the opportunities for collaboration in programming. This could encourage teens to participate in programs at different libraries and meet people their age in towns across the county.
New programs are planned to bring more regular teen traffic to the Cushman Library throughout the school year by offering programs that are not available in their school libraries or that are offered after the school building closes in the afternoon.
“One thing we envisioned was a book-movie group, where in addition to reading a book, we would get together and watch the movie or show that was created based on the book,” Townsley said.
Other possible activities for teens might include art nights where participants can use different supplies and practice art in different media, and even tabletop role-play groups.
The Cushman Library is now open for walk-in access. The opening hours are Mondays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Zack DeLuca can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.