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Celebrating Creativity

by Dorothy Howell on 2024-04-30T16:34:27-04:00 | 0 Comments

This spring, the Beaufort branch of the Carteret County Public Library System became a hub of creativity and literary expression, as young poets from grades 3 to 8 gathered to showcase their talent in the eagerly anticipated poetry contest. Running from March 1st to April 12th, the contest drew a wide array of participants, each required to submit a haiku, a cinquain, and a couplet. 

In preparation for the contest, Josie, a library assistant at the Beaufort Branch who played a crucial role in organizing this event, hosted two support sessions to guide the young poets on the requirements and intricacies of crafting compelling poetry. The enthusiasm and commitment of the participants were evident in each submission, reflecting their understanding and passion for poetic forms. 

The judging, categorized into two groups—grades 3-5 and grades 6-8—was meticulously conducted using a detailed rubric, ensuring a fair and comprehensive evaluation of each entry. The contest concluded with an impressive list of young poets who excelled across different grade levels: 

3rd Graders: Quinn McMahan, Ayla Power, Paige Myers, Gavin Whitmore, and Layton Dameren — all scored in the first-place range. 

4th Graders: Augusta Taylor, Claire Justice — 1st Place; Addie Chalk — 2nd Place 

5th Graders: Calianna Gillikin, Eleanor Wolfe — 1st Place; Violet Cullipher — 2nd Place 

6th Graders: Chella Rowe — 1st Place; Anderson Wolfe — 2nd Place 

Each winner was celebrated at the reception held on April 27th, where they received their certificates and prizes in recognition of their hard work and creativity. This celebration not only highlighted their achievements but also underscored the vibrant community spirit and the supportive environment fostered by the library. 

Reflecting on the success of the event, Dorothy Howell, Director of the Carteret County Public Library, shares, "I am immensely proud of the enthusiasm and creativity displayed by all participants in this year's poetry contest. Events like these are vital for nurturing young talents and reinforcing the role of libraries as key pillars in the educational development of our community. We are thankful for the continuous support from the Friends of the Library, and we look forward to fostering more such opportunities for our young poets." 

This commitment to supporting young talents and building community reflects the ongoing mission of the Carteret County Public Library, and we are grateful for the community's engagement and support. 

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