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Big Read Contest

November 5th, 2010

Libraries participating in the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois have partnered to present a contest asking individuals to share a story, poem, video or piece of artwork or mixed media that expresses the influence of music in their lives.

The Under the Influence: Music that Inspires Expression Contest is open to individuals ages 13 and older. Contest entries will be accepted until January 7, 2011, and will be narrowed down to the top 12 finalists by a panel of judges from the various libraries. Once the 12 finalists are selected, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Finalists can build support for their expression pieces by sending friends and family to the contest website.

Public votes will determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place contest winners. Prizes include: 1st place – Flip Video camera; 2nd place – iPod Nano; 3rd place – iPod Shuffle.  All of the 12 finalists will be invited to the kickoff event for the Big Read in Central Illinois at the University of Illinois Springfield on February 15, 2011, to accept prizes. Entries from the top three winners will be on display at the event.

Four of the participating libraries are now lending flip video cameras to card-holding individuals that would like to express themselves through this medium. Interested individuals or groups should visit the official contest website for further details.

This contest is inspired by the story of young Mick Kelly in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, the book selection for the 2011 Big Read in Central Illinois. The contest is made possible by a grant issued to the Illinois State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A full list of events planned for the Big Read in Central Illinois throughout the months of February and March 2011 can be found on the Big Read website at http://www.neabigread.net/.

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