By Kathy L. Collins

The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin held its 7th Annual Holiday Art Contest and are pleased to announce the winners. The competition was open to students from area elementary and middle schools. This year, there were 103 entries.

The winners included Alexandra Ramirez (first grade) and Jacob Alvarez (Kindergarten), Isabella Solomon (first grade) and Tai Nguyen (second grade) from J. Vince Thompson Elementary School; Kris Chen (fourth grade), Pedro DeJesus (second grade), Zoe Thornton (second grade), Diego Rangel (first grade) and Anastasia Allen (second grade) from Cypress Creek Elementary School; Ava Katwaroo who is home schooled: and Katie Sanchez (second grade) from Reddick Elementary School.

Mimi Rose, a volunteer with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, said, “The Holiday Art Contest was open to students from area elementary and middle schools. This is our 7th Annual Holiday Cards fundraiser.
Of course, it starts out as being a fundraiser, but it is always such a joy that it becomes a FUNraiser for the art teachers and friends of the library alike to see the cards. We are thrilled to see the happy little faces of the winners when they receive their awards and gift cards.”

The winning designs have been magically transformed into holiday greeting cards by local Ruskin printer, M & M Printing, and are for sale for $5 for a bundle of 10. You can purchase the cards at the library during normal operating hours. The proceeds are used to support free programs at the library. The programming provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library are many and include things such as after school programs for children, various teen projects and adult education classes.

The Friends offer a variety of events and programs at the library including the Annual Festival of Trees. You can see the beautifully decorated trees which have been donated on display at the library. There will be a special celebration culminating the Festival of the Trees on Saturday, December 12. For more information, visit

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