For six years, Bethel's Byrd's Books has celebrated the bookmark, a quintessential detail of an enthusiastic reader's stack of unfinished books. Each year in May, the independent bookstore invites bookworms to design a bookmark inspired by their favorite book, and this year's entries proved remarkable in their variety...and their quantity.
In fact, the 2020 Bookmark Contest received so many entries in the pre-K through 3rd category that Byrd's Books had to award two equally deserving winners. Each of the winners get a $25 Gift Certificate to Byrd's Books and 25 of their bookmarks in print. The bookstore prints 100 of each design and uses them all summer to give away in the books.
The Honorable Mentions each get a $10 Gift Certificate to the bookstore. Owner Alice Hutchinson couldn't be more pleased. She says, "I know picking winners from so many great entries is always a tough job. My thanks go out to the members of Bethel Arts for taking on the difficult job of judging and to all the entrants for their spirited love of books and reading."
Congratulations go to:
Jason Y. in Mrs. McGee's first grade class, Center Elementary, Brookfield, for Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osbourne. (#1)
Alexa B. in Mrs. Giaquinto's second grade class, Burr Elementary, Fairfield, for The Bee Book by Charlotte Winter. (#2)
Fiona H. in Mrs. Lew's 5th grade class, Housatonic Waldorf School, for Guardians of Ga'hoole #7 by Kathryn Lasky. (#3)
Alvina B. in 7th grade, Whisconier Middle School, for Heidi by Johanna Spyri. (#4)
Brooke L. in 9th grade, Bethel High School, for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. (#5)
Emmeline Kaiser in the Adult category, for Edinburgh by Alexander Chee. (#6)
And a huge shout-out to this year's Honorable Mentions:
- Bridie from Village Preschool
- Hannah from Huckleberry Hill Elementary
- Rowena from the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School
- Lola from Bethel Middle School
- Dana from Brookfield High School, and
- Annie in the Adult category
Though Byrd's Books is closed to browsing, the shop is currently available by phone and offers curbside pick up from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Additionally, the bookstore has unlocked the front door for touch-free pick-up and payment of your purchases or books can be shipped directly to your home. Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, adjacent to The Toy Room and the nearby landmarked Opera House, across the street from the Bethel Public Library. To answer questions and get suggestions on the latest books to read, call (203) 730 BYRD (2973) or visit ByrdsBooks.com