Vita Cotu with her winning poster-sized bookmark and Topanga Library Childrenâ€™s Librarian Crysty Harding.
In April, the Los Angeles Public Library recognized the winners of the 42nd Annual Bookmark Contest for children in categories of Kindergarten to second grade; grades 3-5; 6-8; and 9 through 12th grades. The contest celebrates the creativity and joys of reading.
From more than 8,000 entries, Topanga Elementary second-grader Vita Cotuâ€™s design won in her age bracket. Her design will be available, along with the other winners, on bookmarks at all libraries throughout Los Angeles County. A video honoring the talented winners is available at https://lacountylibrary.org/bookmark-contest-winner.
Skye Patrick, Director, L.A. County Librairies, also gave â€śspecial thanks to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for their help selecting and honoring our winners. For Topanga, that would be Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Vitaâ€™s mother, Jill Cotu, said her daughter was inspired by the history of reading and drew the design after borrowing a book from the library on how to draw.
â€śI thought it was kind of cool that sheâ€™s representing Topanga, our library, and our school,â€ť she said.