News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 12/01/2012
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Announces 4th Annual Writing Contest
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Library Services Manager    (650) 463-4961

Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library announces its 4th Annual Writing Contest for kids and teens. Children in grades 2-5 and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to write an essay no more than 500 words in length on the topic, “If you could be anywhere, where would you be?”  Entries may be turned in to any library branch or emailed to or Submissions must be received no later than Monday, January 14, 2013 by 8 p.m.

The essays will be judged on concept and creativity.  Both children and teens are eligible to win 1st place grand prizes of $25 gift certificates to Books Inc. bookstore. Additionally, all participants will receive prizes including Friends of the Library Book Bucks along with other surprise coupons.

According to Teen Services Librarian, Laurie Hastings, “The Library’s annual writing contest is a great way for kids and teens to explore creative writing and to write about what they know best – themselves!  It also gives them the opportunity to practice using the structure of the 500-word essay.  We hope that all students will take the opportunity to reflect, write and enter this contest”. 

The winners will be announced at receptions held for all writers as follows:

Kids (Grades 2-5)
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto

Teens (Grades 6-12)
Date and Time: Saturday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  For more information about the contest or submitting an essay, visit the Library website at or call (650) 329-2436.