18 August 2023

Book Week themes captured in Wollongong Libraries' student art competition

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Five children with their prize-winning artworks.

Some of the proud winners of the Wollongong City Libraries’ Book Week art competition (from left) Lexi, Jenna, Fathima, Oscar and Melanie. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

For many Illawarra primary school students, Book Week is a chance to dress up as their favourite literary character. But for 330 Wollongong students, they turned to art to express the themes of next week’s Book Week – Read, Grow, Inspire.

They entered Wollongong City Libraries’ first Book Week art competition and this week 13 students were chosen as winners to have their creations displayed at their home library.

Coordinator community connections Clara Wiebers said she was thrilled to have so many entries, from Kindergarten to Year 6 students.

“It was the first time we’ve run an art competition and the response was fantastic,” she said.

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Each prize winner received a Children’s Book Week prize pack valued up to $100.

All seven Wollongong City Libraries will be celebrating Book Week with dress-ups, preschool storytime events, activities and displays.

Another first for Wollongong’s Book Week will be two performances of Way Too Cool, an educational show for primary school aged kids that brings the magic of books alive in an interactive and fun way.

The free shows will be held on Saturday 26 August at 10 am at Corrimal Library (for bookings click here) and at Dapto Library at 12:30 pm (for bookings click here).

Art competition winners and runners-up:

Years 5 & 6 Division
Irene, Wollongong
Fathima, Wollongong
Years 3 & 4:
Cristiano, Thirroul
Melanie, Unanderra
Kindergarten – Year 2
Oscar, Wollongong
Bethany, Helensburgh
Highly Commended:
Edward, Wollongong
Joseph, Helensburgh
Isabelle, Dapto
Chenxi, Unanderra
Evie, Thirroul
Lexi, Warrawong
Jenna, Corrimal.

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