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By Brad Bowman

Friends of the Henry County Library promote the library and teach students through a local logo contest.

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Dena Riley, board president of the Friends of the Henry County Library, announced Annie Zinser, a seventh grader at Eminence Middle School, as the winner and Tiffany Powell, a ninth grader at Henry County High School, as the runner up in the library logo contest. 

Zinser learned about the contest from her mother.

“My mom is a preschool teacher and she saw it on the announcements we get at school,” Zinser said. “I worked on (the logo) on the way home and went from there.”

Zinser loves to draw everything and likes attending art classes with her teacher Robin McHone.

“I didn’t think it was hard I just came up with the idea riding home from school,” Zinser said. “I made a few logos and asked my family which ones they liked best. The logo says reading today makes for a better tomorrow.”

Riley hopes through the competition and future fundraising events the library will offer more services.

“We are a new organization that just started in the last year and a half,” Riley said. “We wanted to use the logo as a way people could recognize us and promote the library through bookbags, T-shirts and newsletters.”

Riley said most libraries have a friends group that advocates for them and the group hopes to continue doing that.

“We hope to do a large fundraising dinner later at (Smith-Berry) Winery,” Riley said. “We also help the library get volunteers for some of their bigger programs.”

Riley said the board wanted to support the youth and community through the contest.

“We had over 125 entries that we let the public vote on at the library,” Riley said. “We want to thank Carrie Nethery, art teacher at Henry County Middle School, and Robin McHone, art teacher at Eminence, for encouraging students to submit entries and inspiring students to share their creativity. We wanted to be supportive of our youth and community. We have great programs at both schools.”

Zinser received a $100 check as winner and Powell received a $50 check.

Zinser plans to save some of the prize money.

“I am going to put some back for our trip this summer to Long Island and then to Florida,” Zinser said.

Zinser wants to be a chef when she grows up.

“I’ve always liked cooking and baking cookies,” Zinser said. “I job shadowed Chef Spendlove at Sullivan University.”

For more information about the Friends of the Henry County Public Library email them at : libraryfrnds@gmail.com.