Each year, the Lilly Center Art Contest invites 4th-12th grade students from across Kosciusko County to submit their creative depiction of our local waterways. Artists with winning entries receive cash prizes and the privilege of having their artwork on display in public spaces throughout the county.
2023-24 Lilly Center Art Contest: Memories at the Lake
The 2023-24 contest is open for submissions! Please leave artwork with Ariel Wagner at the Lilly Center, located at 806 Connection Circle, Winona Lake, IN.
All artwork is due no later than Thursday, March 28, 2024.
Prizes will be awarded for First ($100), Second ($75), and Third ($50) places. Winners are selected in each of the following grade categories: 4th/5th/6th, 7th/8th, 9th/10th, 11th/12th. Winning pieces will be exhibited in public spaces and made into a collection of greeting cards.
Artwork is evaluated by the Grace College art department. They’re searching for overall creativity, artistic merit and depiction of the theme, but to make sure your piece passes every test, follow these guidelines. (We’d hate for your artwork to be removed from the contest on a technicality!)
This is important: No artwork depicting invasive species (i.e. trumpeter and tundra swans are acceptable, mute swans are not) will be considered! Native plants, animals and landscapes only, please.
Finally, the submission form must be attached to the back of the entry. Use the Artwork Description to reflect on how your artwork imagines life at the lake in the past or the future. We look forward to seeing how you inspire your community to preserve its natural history!
That’s it! Artwork is returned to students after the judging process, unless the artwork is among the winning pieces. Winning selections will be returned at the art contest ceremony.
The winners of Webster Community Library and Syracuse Public Library’s second annual Teen Art Contest were announced during the open house. Pictured from left are Julia Stover, grades eighth through nineth, third place; Allie Stahly, grades eighth through nineth, first place; Arabella Kitson, grades sixth through seventh, second place; and Evelyn Oest, grades sixth through seventh, first place. Not pictured are Elynna Weaver, sixth through seventh, third; Elizabeth Iden, eighth through nineth, second; Annabelle Davis, 10th-12th, first; Grant Krull, 10th-12th, second; and Margot Sprankle, 10th-12th, third. (Photo by Sarah Wright)
North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse Public Library hosted their second annual Teen Art Contest Open House on the evening of Friday, Jan. 26, recognizing the talents of 20 participating teen artists.
During the event, 106 visitors browsed artwork at the North Webster library while listening to SPL’s Rebekah Sceniak play violin and enjoying snacks provided by both North Webster’s and Syracuse’s Friends of the Library. Eleven volunteer judges, who are all local artists, reviewed each art piece and artist statement before casting their ballots to select winners in each of the three age brackets.
Winners in grades sixth through seventh were Evelyn Oest, first; Arabella Kitson, second; and Elynna Weaver, third. In the grades eighth through nineth category, winners were Allie Stahly, first; Elizabeth Iden, second; and Julia Stover, third. For grades 10th-12th, winners were Annabelle Davis, first; Grant Krull, second; and Margot Sprankle, third. The People's Choice winner was Grant Krull with his Weldedhead Whopper sculpture. Winners received gift cards of varying increments, with first place each getting $100 gift cards.
The second annual Teen Art Contest was sponsored by the North Webster Friends of the Library and Syracuse Friends of the Library and organized by Hanna Kunkel, NWCPL young adult librarian, and Michelle Parker, SPL assistant director.
Art pieces will be displayed at North Webster Community Public Library from Jan. 27 through Feb. 10 and at the Syracuse Public Library from Feb. 12-24. All participants can pick up their art starting Feb. 26 at the library they marked as their “home library” on the entry form.
New materials constantly arrive at Syracuse Public Library, and we are receiving new young adult titles soon to wrap up 2023 and bring in 2024. Here is the list of what to expect! Please note some titles may arrive later than their release dates.
Magazine fans, rejoice! It's never been easier to uncover new magazines on Libby!
When you discover a magazine in our Libby collection, you can now open it and start reading with one tap! Magazines also appear on a new dedicated section of a user's Shelf called the Magazine Rack. From the Magazine Rack, you can access the latest issue of your magazine subscriptions and any other issues you choose to keep. This helps you find your favorite magazines from your library in one convenient place.
To save space on a user’s device, magazines are not automatically downloaded for offline use. Instead, users can manually choose which issues to download.
Other updates include:
Teens get ready for special October programs as part of TeenTober! These programs are in addition to monthly clubs. Also, don't forget to pick up a punch card to log your library/program visits for a chance to win an enormous bag of candy!
Enjoy a full course of great books during this special tasting from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Rosalyn Jones Room.
Dust off your acting skills for improv from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the downstairs meeting room. Bring some props for added fun!
Bring a scary story to tell to the group or listen to a librarian share theirs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Rosalyn Jones Room.
Purdue Extension Office 4-H is coming from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Rosalyn Jones Room to the library with Sphero robots. Teens will practice coding to direct them through a maze. Registration required. The program will not happen unless 5 or more teens sign up.
Create your own themed pins from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Rosalyn Jones Room. Registration required!
Five Nights at Freddy's Escape Room
All ages can sign up to solve SPL's "Five Nights at Freddy's" themed escape room. More information about the escape room can be found here.
For information, contact YA services library Michelle Parker at email@example.com or call (574) 457-3022, ext. 2008. If you need assistance with registration, staff at the SPL can help you. Programs also have paper sign-up sheets at the upstairs circulation desk.
Do you have what it takes to solve SPL’s new “Five Nights at Freddy’s” themed escape room? Register to find out!
Attendees will need to solve a series of puzzles in the Rosalyn Jones Room to unlock the master box to escape.
he library has four slots available for registration at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11; 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19; and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 (This last slot has been booked). Click the date you are interested in on the library’s online calendar, http://rb.gy/6udmk, and register digitally.
If none of the time slots work, reach out to Michelle Parker to set up an alternative time for the escape room. Call her at (574) 457-3022, ext. 2008, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's always something new at the Syracuse Public Library as we constantly receive shipments of new books. Fans of young adult books have several new titles to look forward to this September and October. Browse the list below for just some of the offerings. As always, be sure to visit our new YA book display in the Rosalyn Jones Room each time you visit.
Does a friend or family member live in the town of Syracuse or Turkey Creek Township and doesn’t have a library card? If yes, encourage them to sign up for a card at the Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library this September during National Library Card Sign-up Month.
Resident library cards have no added cost since they are paid for by residents’ tax dollars. Beyond gaining access to a wealth of reading materials and DVDs, SPL library card holders can visit and check materials out from any Evergreen Indiana library, including Milford, North Webster or Ligonier, to name a few. SPL patrons can also use digital resources like Libby or Hoopla to read e-books; listen to audiobooks and music albums; or watch television shows, movies and documentaries. Hotspots are another popular item at the Syracuse Public Library and help connect patrons with the internet in their homes or wherever they may roam.
As a bonus, everyone who signs up for a new library card in September will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. All ages are included in the drawing.
Syracuse Public Library also offers non-resident library cards, available at a rate set by the state of Indiana. Those who sign up for a non-resident library card will also be eligible to take part in the drawing.
For details about our card policies, visit www.syracuse.lib.in.us/policies-and-procedures.html.
Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library is sharing an update from the Indiana State Library about the materials courier service between Hoosier libraries:
A new statewide library courier contract began on June 26. Over these past two months, the Indiana State Library has received feedback on the new service from the entire library community, including everyone from library patrons to directors and deans of academic libraries.
Unfortunately, the new company was unable to keep up with the volume and complexity of Indiana’s public library routes. While their administration was capable and communicative and some promising progress was made during the two months, the impact on libraries was felt widely. Many deliveries were made in error or not at all, mostly due to staffing and driver issues. For these combined reasons, the Indiana State Library will be pivoting back to the previous courier service to carry out the current contract. NOW Courier will assume ownership of all library materials currently in transit on Sept. 1. They will utilize the week of Sept. 4 to sort materials received, and then begin delivering to library locations the week of Sept. 11.
In an effort to help the new courier start smoothly, resource sharing in state -– including Evergreen Indiana, SRCS and Indiana Share -- will be paused temporarily. Evergreen patrons may still borrow in person from all member libraries and place holds, but interlibrary holds will not be occurring until Sept. 17. Evergreen users will also have full access to the Indiana Digital Library eBooks and audiobooks through Libby and Hoopla.
Syracuse Public Library Patrons
While material holds are paused, already-placed holds will be fulfilled once deliveries resume. You do not have to cancel or resubmit your holds. Since the Syracuse Public Library is an Evergreen Indiana library, our patrons can visit and check out needed materials that are not available at SPL from other Evergreen Indiana libraries, such as Milford, North Webster, Cromwell, Ligonier, to name a few. You can find a full list of Evergreen libraries here.
Staff at SPL can help you place holds at other local Evergreen Indiana libraries. You will just need to pick the materials up from that library. As always, our digital resources -- Libby and Hoopla -- are available and offer access to hundreds of digital e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and TV shows.
We appreciate your patience during this transition.
Some exciting DVDs will arrive at the Syracuse Public Library in August, including "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3"! DVD titles in red are brand-new at the library. Please note that some titles may become available later in the month, even past their release dates.
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