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Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest WINNERS!

Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest WINNERS!


2020 Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest – Deadline extended to April 27, 2020!

The 2020 Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest is now open! This contest is open to all students in grades 1-5 in Lebanon County. One winning entry from each grade level will become a permanent part of the children’s collection at the Lebanon Community Library. All entries are due at the library by Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8pm.

Write & Illustrate contest rules

2020 Write & Illustrate Your Own Book Contest Winners

1st Grade

Honorable Mentions

2nd Grade

Honorable Mentions

3rd Grade

Honorable Mentions

4th Grade

Honorable Mentions

5th Grade

Honorable Mentions


2020 Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest Entry Form

The Lebanon Community Library is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Poetry Contest. The contest will run from January 6th  through February 28th, 2020 and is open to all ages. There will be twenty winners (ten from each age group – up to eighth grade and ninth grade to adult).

The rules are as follows: all contestants must be members of one of the Lebanon County Libraries. Contestants are limited to 2 entries and each poem must be no longer than one 8.5” x 11” page; each entry should be typed or printed clearly; please do not add illustrations; place your name on the page with the poem; each entry should have an entry form stapled to it (contact phone number/e-mail is very important); entries may be mailed or brought in person to The Lebanon Community Library, 125 North 7th Street, Lebanon, PA 17046,  or you can email your entries as Word attachments to .  If this method is selected please include all the entry form information in the body of the email. Poems that have been submitted to other contests or those that have already been published will not be accepted as entries. Entry forms are available at the library or you may print one here.

Winners will be posted by March 31, 2020 (UPDATE: we will post the winners as soon as possible due to COVID-19 related closures) and a poetry reading from the winners will be held at the library on April 27, 2020 at 6pm. At that time, contestants and the general public will have the chance to order a bound volume of the winning entries for purchase. For additional information please contact Barbara Doughty at 717-273-7624, or .


2020 Poetry Contest Winners

9th Grade Through Adult

Up to 8th Grade

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, the Lebanon Community Library’s 21st Annual Celebration of Poetry will be held at the Lebanon Community Library on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 6:00 PM.  All contest entrants and poetry lovers are invited to this event during which winning poems will be read by the winning poets. Following this event, prepaid orders for a bound volume of the winning entries will be taken. For additional information please contact Barbara Doughty at 717-273-7624 or email


At the instruction of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus, all public libraries in Lebanon County will be closed until further notice. No library materials will be due during this time. Visit for COVID-19 information and electronic library resources.