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


PRESS RELEASE 12/01/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Announces 5th Annual Student Writing Contest
Contact : Jenny Jordan, Library Services Manager    (650) 463-4961

Palo Alto, CAThe Palo Alto City Library announces its 5th 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, “What Would You Create That Could Change Your World?”   Entries must be filed electronically at the library’s website at  Submissions must be received by midnight on Monday, January 13, 2014.

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 from Books Inc.  Additionally, all participants will receive prizes including Friends of the Library Book Bucks along with other surprise coupons. The winners will be announced at the following receptions held for all writers:


Kids (Grades 2-5)
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Teens (Grades 6-12)
Date and Time: Saturday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


“The Writing Contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their imaginations and flex their creativity,” said Laurie Hastings, Senior Librarian and contest coordinator.  “This year, we are pleased to receive support for the contest from the Palo Alto Historical Association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014.  Our chosen writing prompt reflects the history of creative innovation in Palo Alto. ”


The Writing Contest supports the 41 Developmental Assets for youth, specifically Asset #21 under the heading of ‘ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION - Young person is motivated to do well in school’.  It is generously sponsored by the Palo Alto Historical Association as well as the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  For more information about the contest or submitting an essay, visit the Library web site at or email