The Library isn’t just a place to find stories—in celebration of its 100th birthday, the Nelson Public Library wants to collect new ones in a writing contest open to all ages. There will be prizes, and stories will be published on the library website. The deadline for submissions is July 12.
Creative written storytelling methods are encouraged, including stories and anecdotes, poetry, and comics. Memories, such as funny or quirky moments at the library or the ways the library has had an impact are all welcome. People can answer the question, “What did the library mean to you during COVID-19 isolation?” or get imaginative with “What will the Nelson Public Library of the future look like in 2120?”, among other prompts. Submissions must be 500 words or less.
“A library’s story is not just about the building, the books or the library staff, but it is about the community it serves,” says Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien. “We would love the community to tell us their stories to help us better tell the library’s story.”
Prizes will be awarded in two story categories (Best Story and Most Creative Story) in three age categories (Children, Adult, and Teen). Contest prizes have been generously donated by the Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District. Winners will receive a $50 gift card to a local business, but all entries will be considered for Touchstones Nelson historical exhibition this fall, or in its companion book.
“We’re excited to hear what library users want to share,” says Therrien. “We hope people will have a lot of fun with this.”