Entries sought for Old Forge Library’s Annual Poetry and Illustration Contest

Entries for the Old Forge Library’s annual Poetry and Illustration Exhibit, following the theme of “Boundaries,” will be accepted from February 1 through  March 1.

Library Director Isabella Worthen said she chose the theme because it has several meanings, making it a broad topic.

“It could refer to the physical boundaries of a country, town, or state—showing where one area ends and another begins, or a point where two things become different such as fact and fiction, or personal and professional boundaries by defining what should or shouldn’t be done—limits that define acceptable behavior. Therefore boundaries are something that points out or shows a limit or end…a dividing line,” she said.

Entries will be judged in four age categories: grades K to 4, grades 5 to 8, grades 9 to 12, and adult and is open to residents of Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties and the Town of Inlet.

Call the library at (315) 369-6008 for specific details and exhibit entry guidelines. Guidelines can also be found at www.old

The contestants’ entries will be hung by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. The Opening Exhibit Reception, which is open to the public, will be held on March 15 at 7 p.m.

Emcee Mike Cunningham will announce the winners and honorable mentions. Winners will receive $25 and a certificate, and honorable mentions will receive a certificate.

Participants whose poems and illustrations win or receive honorable mention in their categories will have an opportunity to read and/or discuss their work.

All entries will remain on display in the library wing from March 15 through May 25 during library hours. The public is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite entry.

This program is funded by CNY/Arts, The Friends of the Library, and New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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