Kindergartners through fifth graders from across the county are invited to decorate a gingerbread man bookmark with a chance to win autographed copies of books by children’s author Laura Murray, who wrote “The Gingerbread Man on the Loose in the School” and the “The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck.”
Jane Drabkin, a librarian at Chinn Library, said children will be familiar with the gingerbread man since many have heard about his adventures in school. “They love the gingerbread man books and anything about the gingerbread man. They really have a good time in creating their own gingerbread man and decorating him.”
Judges will choose 10 finalists from each grade. One grand prize winner from each grade will be announced at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Chinn Park Regional Library. Each winner will receive the autographed books from Murray herself, who will be at the library to talk about how she wrote her books. The event is open to the public.
Children who wish to enter the contest can stop by the library with their parents to pick up an entry form and a copy of the outline of a gingerbread man that needs decorating. They can also visit the Prince William County Library System’s website
, scroll down and find “Upcoming Events.” The deadline to submit entries is March 15.
In addition to the gingerbread man bookmark contest, libraries will offer the Snuggle Club Program, a winter reading program for children up to five years old. The Snuggle Club offers activity sheets for parents and children featuring fun activities to help build early literacy skills. Sign up for the Snuggle Club by March 1. Children get stickers and parents can sign up for various prizes.
Prince William Reads is a program for adults offering gift certificates to adults who read a book. All people have to do is read a book in February and fill out a slip for a chance to win a gift certificate to an area restaurant.