Borders bookworms make their mark in library competition

Pictured with Christine and Ewan, back, are, middle row, from left, Edith, Isla, Roberta, Charlotte, Finlay and Faizan, with, front, Nicole, Ella, Kitty and Ellie.
Pictured with Christine and Ewan, back, are, middle row, from left, Edith, Isla, Roberta, Charlotte, Finlay and Faizan, with, front, Nicole, Ella, Kitty and Ellie.

A dozen youngsters from all over the region are celebrating after making their mark in a contest run by Live Borders’ libraries team.

The competition to design the best bookmarks attracted almost 250 entries, and the youngsters responsible for the best 12 were given their awards at a ceremony held at Galashiels Library. They will also get to see their creations reproduced and made available at all Live Borders libraries.

Finlay Buckley, seven, of Hawick, and Nicole Gunn, also seven, of Westruther.

Finlay Buckley, seven, of Hawick, and Nicole Gunn, also seven, of Westruther.

Communities librarian Christine Johnston said: “We were over the moon to have received 239 entries for the bookmark competition.

“It was a pleasure to see so many artistic and imaginative entries but very difficult to judge as the standard was incredibly high.

“Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and a big well done to the winners.

“The printed designs are fantastic. You can visit your local library and choose your favourite design or collect all 12.”

Roberta Turner, 10, of Selkirk, and Isla Bethune, nine, also of Selkirk.

Roberta Turner, 10, of Selkirk, and Isla Bethune, nine, also of Selkirk.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Live Borders, presented the winners with their prizes, and he said: “The bookmark competition is a fun way to engage with children and spread the word about libraries.

“The children really enjoy seeing their work reproduced and used by friends, family and members of the public.”

The winners were Kitty Volino, 10, and Ellie Roper, nine, both of Innerleithen; Roberta Turner, 10, and Isla Bethune, nine, both of Selkirk; Edith Stuart, 11, of Duns; Charlotte Bunyan, nine, of Earlston; Ella Moore, seven, of Gattonside; Nicole Gunn, seven, of Westruther; Finlay Buckley, seven, and Sophia Jones, four, both of Hawick; Kate Campbell, five, of Fountainhall; and Faizan Adnan, four, of Kelso.