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News Release -- State Library and Colorado Parks and Wildlife launch contest to celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month

Aug. 31, 2016
State Library and Colorado Parks and Wildlife launch contest to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month

DENVER – In partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State Library will launch a Library Card Sign-up photo contest beginning Sept. 1 through Sept. 19.

The contest asks participants to visit Colorado’s 42 state parks and  document the visit by posting a selfie or group photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #CheckOutColorado. Once made public, the poster is automatically entered to win a picnic basket and an adventure backpack full of educational items. The drawing will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The social media photo contest is a part of the American Library Association’s Library Card Sign-up Month during September. The state hopes the contest will highlight the importance of both state parks and libraries throughout Colorado.

“This photo contest is a fun way to highlight the many ways our parks are being used. Colorado residents should use their library cards, or get one during Library Card Sign-up Month, and contribute photos,” said Eugene Hainer, Assistant Commissioner at the State Library. “The contest showcases libraries and state parks, two enriching and vital educational treasures that families can visit and explore.”

The partnership launched the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to allow anyone with a library card to check out a state park pass and nature backpack from any participating public, military or college libraries. The library card holder may use the pass for one week to visit any of Colorado’s designated state parks.

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