The third annual Chenango Valley Scribes Writing and Illustrating Contest awards ceremony was held in the Colgate Bookstore’s Community Room recently. This contest was sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore and Hamilton Public Library. Pictured are nine of the 14 young people who entered the contest. All received special certificates, laminated bookmarks picturing their original illustrations and a free pass for a Live Theater Family performance at the Palace Theater, courtesy of the Palace Theater.

Hamilton Public Library news

(Hamilton, NY – May 2012) Excited young writers and illustrators and their families gathered at the Colgate Bookstore Community Room last Friday to learn the results of the Third Annual Chenango Valley Scribes Writing and Illustrating Contest. Although all entries were deemed exceptional, the judges singled out the best storyteller and illustrator for two categories.

In the kindergarten through second-grade division, the Best Storytelling award was presented to Julia Carter for her “The Dog Dishishon,” and the Best Illustrator award was earned by Emily Holm for her “Cheese and Spaghettitopia.”

In the third- through fifth-grade division, the Best Storytelling award was presented to Molly Stahl for her “Journey of the Raging Seas,” and the Best Illustrator award was earned by Emma Carter for her “Blazing into the New Year.”

Special recognition was given to Ben Coddington, a third-grader whose entry was awarded the Palace Theater Prize. His story, “How Chocolate Saved a Kingdom,” will be made into a screen play for this summer’s Act-UP Youth Theater Camp at the Palace Theater.

All the contest entries will be on display at Hamilton Public Library until mid-June. This event was sponsored by the Colgate Bookstore and Hamilton Public Library and was open to all elementary age children in the area.

We appreciate all of you who chose to support the library proposition on the Hamilton Central School ballot last week. The library’s fiscal year starts June 1, so the annual budget is always determined long before the school vote. A positive vote on the library proposition allows the library to function in the new fiscal year as planned.

We are planning a tentative garden-planting session immediately following story time Tuesday, May 29. For details, call the library or check the library’s Facebook page by visiting

The library will be closed, Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. Library hours for the rest of the week will be as usual, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (315) 824-3060 during regular hours. The book drop on Broad Street is always open.

Upcoming events

Tuesday, May 29: Story Time with The Crovellas as guest storytellers and Library Director Barb Coger, Hamilton Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Possible garden planting at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 29: Computer Skills Intermediate class, Hamilton Public Library, Community Room, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required.

Tuesday, May 29: Individual tutoring sessions for computer use at Hamilton Public Library; call to reserve a 30-minute slot between 3 and 6 p.m. , (315) 824-3060.

Thursday, May 31: Microsoft Publisher 2010 Basics Computer Class, Hamilton Public Library, Community Room, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required.

By martha

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