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Win money from essay contest through the Library Friends

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – From now through September 12, authors of all ages can sign up to win cash prizes by writing about San Diego County Library branches. This annual essay contest is sponsored by Library Friends of San Diego County (LFSDC) and gives monetary prizes to the top three essays written in each age group: children, teens, and adults. This year’s topic is, “The Best Thing About My Library Is...,” giving customers the opportunity to share their opinion on library services while entering to win a prize.

Entries must be 500 words or less, typed and printed, preferably double-spaced and single-sided. Customers can pick up an application at any county library branch or online at One entry per person will be accepted. Essays must be submitted at a County Library branch by September 12 or mailed to Dick Wayman, LFSDC Essay Contest, Ramona Branch Library, 1406 Montecito Rd, Ramona, CA 92065.

Prizes include $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place within each age division. Winners will be announced on October 15. This contest is one way customers can celebrate the unique services that libraries offer.

“Libraries used to be repositories for books, places of silent contemplation, but not these days,” says LFSDC president Dick Wayman, “In addition to quiet reading, libraries feature story times, adult literacy tutoring, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, musical performances, help for people suffering through the economic crisis, craft classes, lively book discussion groups, and a variety of teen programs. We want to hear what the public likes about libraries today.”

For more information on the essay contest, send an email to [email protected], visit, or contact the Fallbrook branch library, (760) 728-2373.


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