Grand Marais Library offers essay contest

Grand Marais Public Library announces the “My Library Essay Contest” for Cook County children ages 10 - 14 with cash prizes for the top three ranked essays.

Children are asked to write an essay of about 250 words on the topic “My library.” Possible ideas are “My favorite time at the library was the day…” or “If I were the librarian.” Or “I just love our library because…” or even “Can you imagine a world without books?”

Essays may be typed, printed or written, but they must be delivered to the Grand Marais Public Library no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Each essay may receive a maximum of 100 points, based on form and content. Form includes grammar, correct spelling and punctuation and logical organization. Content is the main idea. Young writers will receive 25 points for form and 75 points for content.

Essays will be judged by a panel and the winner announced by September 14, 2013.

Cash prizes, thanks to a local donor, to be awarded are $75 for 1st place; $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place.

Complete essay entry and rules forms are available at the library or online at the library website,

Juvenile and Reference Librarian Patsy Ingebrigtsen said, “We are excited to read your essays!”