Cushman Library seeking teen group logo contest entries

  • Cushman Library, pictured at 28 Church St. in Bernardston, is calling on young artists from Bernardston and neighboring towns to submit creative designs to a contest to help determine a logo for its new teen programming group, Teen Advisors of Cushman Library, or TACL. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 10/20/2021 5:17:48 PM

BERNARDSTON — Cushman Library is calling on young artists from Bernardston and neighboring towns to submit creative designs to a contest to help determine a logo for its new teen programming group, Teen Advisors of Cushman Library, or TACL.

Assistant Librarian Ellis Townsley said the contest is open to anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 who is interested in libraries and what they have to offer. Townsley noted the library reached out to the principal and art teachers at Pioneer Valley Regional School to encourage participation.

Entries must be submitted by the end of October for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield. Email images of logo entries with the artist’s name and age to Townsley at townsley@cwmars.org. Send submissions as a JPEG or PDF file.

Entries for the contest should be related to the name of the group or take inspiration from the acronym TACL, pronounced “tackle” which Townsley said can hold a couple of different meanings.

“There’s the idea of a tackle box with books in it, but because the teen group is not just a book group, you could also include things like art supplies, technology, and that kind of stuff,” Townsley said. “Generally, we don’t want to give too much guidance, because we want it to be creative and come from the teens’ themselves.”

Townsley said the library has held one meeting so far with members of the teen group, and a second recent meeting with members from Libraries in the Woods (a coalition of 27 local rural libraries), where they discussed programming collaboration opportunities. This could encourage teens to get involved in programs at different libraries, and meet people their age from towns throughout the county.

New programs are being planned to bring more regular teenage traffic to Cushman Library throughout the school year by offering programs that aren’t available through their school libraries, or that are offered after the school building closes in the afternoon.

“One thing we envisioned was a book-to-movie group, where in addition to reading a book we would gather and watch the movie or show that was created based on the book,” Townsley said.

Other possible teen activities could include art nights where participants can use different supplies and practice art in different media, and even role-playing table-top game groups.

Cushman Library is now open for walk-in access without an appointment. Open hours are Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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