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Design a bookmark for Fraser Coast Libraries competition

17 February 2020

It’s been a long wait but finally D’Arne Greenway is appearing in a photo for the Fraser Coast Libraries’ Design-a-Bookmark competition which she won 42 years ago.

She was unable to collect her prize as an 11 year old because she was playing hockey at the time and her team was a chance of making the finals.

Her brother went to accept the award in her place and it was his photo that appeared in the local newspaper.

“I didn’t really mind missing out on the photo because I still got to keep the prize which was a book voucher,” Ms Greenway said.

“I think it was the first library bookmark competition and the newspaper clipping said there were about 300 entrants – with just three winners.”

She went on to study visual arts at university but, in a twist of fate, now works for Fraser Coast Libraries as a library assistant.

Ms Greenway still pursues art passionately as a hobby and some of her paintings hang in the office areas of Hervey Bay Library.

She is helping to launch this year’s Design-a-Bookmark Competition which is open to all ages but is judged according to age categories: six years and under, seven to 11 years, 12 to 17 years and 18 years and over.

Regional librarian Tara Webb said the competition was open to library members and it was free to join at any branch in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Tiaro, Howard or Burrum Heads.

“We’re encouraging people to be as creative and colourful as their imaginations will allow,” she said.

“A $50 voucher will be awarded to all winning bookmark designers.”

Ms Webb said entry forms, including a space for the artwork, were available from all library branches and entries should be submitted before close of business on Saturday, March 14.

“The winning bookmark designs will be announced later in March, then printed and distributed through all Fraser Coast Libraries branches,” she said.

Fraser Coast Libraries receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.