Keep your place with free, locally designed bookmarks

IF you are planning on spending the weekend on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book now that the winter chill has set in, you might want to get your hands on some of the new colourful bookmarks available at Fraser Coast libraries.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour shows off some of the free bookmarks available at local libraries with some of the winners of the Design-a-Bookmark competition. Showing off their colourful winning entries are Kelly Foster, Valentina Valdiva, Tim Hebe and Aarav Ajith. PHOTO: Supplied.

A fresh batch of bookmarks created by locals has been distributed following judging of the Design-a-Bookmark competition.

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Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour encouraged residents to visit their nearest library branch to collect one.

Winners in the different categories included:

  • Valentina Valdiva and Aarav Ajith (6 years and under)
  • Tim Hebe (7 to 11 years)
  • Kelly Foster (12 to 17 years)
  • Sonja Clifford (18 years and over)

Other than seeing their designs in print, winners also received a $50 Fraser Coast Open for Business gift card.

Cr Seymour congratulated the winners and praised the efforts of everyone who entered the annual contest.

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Competition judge Bronwyn Clark-Coolee (Fraser Coast Regional Council Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer) was pleased with the artistry demonstrated by all of the winners.

She said Valentina’s entry conveyed a sense of wonder about the world and the galaxy.

“Your eye is drawn through the composition from the centre circle up to the blue and then down to the contrasting mass of orange,” Ms Clark-Coolee said.

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Aarav’s rainbow band of colour was clear, strong and joyful and she hoped people’s reading experiences matched “the clear-hearted appeal of this lovely drawing”.

Ms Clark-Coolee complimented the vitality of Tim’s entry and the delightful rendering of the green frogs which reminded us about the joy of observing the world and the interconnectedness of things.

She said Kelly’s bold design was perfect, not only for marking a place in a book but also for giving people the energy to start reading again thanks to the red and magenta colours.

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Sonja’s thoughtful composition, restricted colour palette and tonal shifts combined to create a dynamic and pleasing design.

“It is both grounded and dreamy at the same time, with the repeated but varied motif of the circle suggesting an effervescent stream of thought bubble arising from what might just have been read,” Ms Clark-Coolee said.

The bookmarks are available for free from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro, Howard and Burrum Heads branches.

Fraser Coast Libraries receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

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