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Until July, community members can mark their book with a custom design by Cruz Lopez. 

For the next couple of months, each time visitors of Lake Oswego's BOOKtique stores purchase a book, they will receive a bookmark designed by first grader Cruz Lopez.

The Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library group hosted its first annual bookmark contest in celebration of Drop Everything and Read Day this May. The BOOKtique is a used bookstore run by the Friends group as a way to support the library. This year, the friends wanted to do something unique for the national literacy day and orchestrated a contest for students across the school district.

All seven local elementary schools were included in the contest, and kindergarten and first graders were asked to create a bookmark design that encapsulated reading with their family and friends. Ninety-six students submitted entries. but the design by Cruz, a student at Forest Hills Elementary School, was chosen as the winner for its use of color and creativity.

His bookmark illustrated a colorful bird curled up on a chair reading a chapter book and saying: "Time to read!"

"The design is cozy, colorful and on theme. We all just adored it," said LeAnn Rooney, BOOKtique manager. "But it was so hard to choose — that's why we had 17 honorable mentions of other students who submitted designs."

Cruz's bookmark will be given away in the bookstore until July. The design earned Cruz a gift card and a certificate, and 200 copies of his bookmark will be shared with LOPL visitors.

Community members can stop by to see the other designs, which will be displayed on a gallery wall starting June 1.


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