Library Essay Contest to Find Blue Ribbon Winner

St. Cloud, MN, June 2013: Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is giving teens and children a chance to win a blue ribbon and visit the Minnesota State Fair this year.

The library is having a Blue Ribbon Reader contest for children and teens ages 8 to 18. They are being asked to hand-write a one page essay to answer this question: Why do you love to read? All entries must be completed on the official essay entry sheet available from the library. Entries must be submitted to a branch of Great River Regional Library on or before Saturday, July 27.

Each of the library’s 32 branches will select a winner who will receive a certificate. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from those, and he or she will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair together with a big blue ribbon! The tickets will be good for any day the fair is open. The Blue Ribbon Reader Grand Prize is funded by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators.

The Minnesota State Fair has a Read & Ride Day on Wednesday, Aug. 28. On that date, public library card holders will receive a discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card).

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.