2017 Illustrate a Book Contest

It's time for the 13th annual Illustrate-a-Book Contest! The contest is a great way for youth in grades K-12 to show off artistic talents and share them with the community. To participate, just create an original drawing based on a book, such as a favorite scene or character.
The Rules:
            - Open to all youth, grades K-12
            - One entry per person
            - Entries must be on 8.5x11 or 9/12 paper
            - On the front of the drawing, include the book title. On the back of the drawing, include:
                    - Name
                    - Grade
                    - School
                    - Teacher's Name
                    - Home-schooled students should use their address and phone number in place of school and teacher's name.
            - Entries must be original. No plagiarizing.
            - Books based on animated films are not permitted
            - Any type of media - colored pencils, crayons, markers, paint, collage or mixed media - may be used
Submission deadline is Sunday, March 5 by 5:00 p.m. Winners will be selected out of four categories: K-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade. 
Winners will be announced on Friday, March 17th. All contestants are invited to the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Stop in the Library or contact Katherine Eberline (692-9407) with any questions. 

New BPL Technology Services Librarian - Nancy

Nancy Swenson recently accepted the Technology Services Librarian position at the Brookings Public Library. Nancy grew up in Pipestone, MN, and moved to Brookings to attend SDSU. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in English from SDSU in 2007, her master’s degree in English from SDSU in 2010, and her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky in 2013. Nancy spent almost 9 years at Daktronics, working in software technical support, training, and product management, giving her a strong technology background. She spent the last 3 years working as a grant program specialist for the College of Nursing at SDSU. Since 2014, she has worked part-time at the Brookings Public Library as a library assistant.  In her freetime, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, crafting, and, of course, reading. She is excited to familiarize herself with this new role and finally get to do her dream job!

New BPL Administrative Assistant - Jen

I was born and raised on a dairy farm outside of a small rural town of Atwater, MN where I graduated from ACGC High School. There was never a day off growing up. During my busy life helping out on the family farm, never kept me away from my passion of sports. I enjoyed my younger days on the farm as I was able to help both my grandparents and my immediate family in the family business. After I graduated from high school, I attended Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN.


While getting a degree as an Administrative Assistant, I kept myself busy as a three sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and softball for Ridgewater College. Here, I met my husband, JaColby Anderson.


After college, we both lived in Brookings for a short time before moving to Willmar, MN. JaColby taught at the High School while coaching hockey and baseball, I worked as an administrative assistant at Prairie Lakes Education Center in the Willmar Public School District. JaColby is in his first year with his new job at the Mickelson Middle School.  We have three wonderful children; oldest daughter Jordyn (6), sons Juke (4), and Jerrick (1). Majority of my free time is spent with my family. We also spend a lot of time at the ice rink with my daughter on the Termites team and cheering on their dad while he is coaching the Brookings Rangers hockey team.


New Books Added in January

Dorie's Cookies
The Midnight Bell
The Mistress
The Fate of the Tearling
Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce
Demon, Volume 1
Below the Belt
The Enchilada Queen Cookbook: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens
Rules of Contact
Forever Words
Unquiet Land
Inspired Journeys: Travel Writers in Search of the Muse
Sweet! Celebrations
Hard Hitter
Old Bones
History of Wolves
The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want
After the Crown
Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It
The Dangerous Ladies Affair

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