Greenville Public Library scares up stories

Published 4:43 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

The Greenville Public Library is hosting a contest for teenagers to scare up some stories for prizes.

The contest is for teenagers aging between 13-18, and Kevin Pearcey, director of the Public Library, said it’s open for all teenagers in Butler County.

“Basically, what we’re doing is just offering a story contest for the teenagers,” Pearcey said. “It’s open to any Butler County student, whether they’re home school or go to school here or anywhere.”

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The library will be accepting entries until Oct. 28, and there is a 2,000-word maximum for each story.

“We’ll announce the winners on Halloween, and we’ve got entry forms over here that they need to pick up before they submit their story,” Pearcey said.

The stories will be judged individually on content at the library, and the first place winner will receive $100, the second place winner will receive $50 and the third placed winner will receive $25.

“We just want a spooky story, or a Halloween story,” Pearcey said. “When I was putting this together, we want a story about ghosts, but we don’t want Casper. We want a story about vampires, but no Edward. We want a story about werewolves, but no Jacob. We want the teenagers to be as creative as possible.”

The forms have been passed out at Greenville High School, Greenville Middle School, Fort Dale Academy, Georgiana High School and McKenzie High School.

“We want as a good a response as we can get, and we want a big selection to choose from,” Pearcey said. “We want to get the creative juices flowing for the kids out there and offer some prizes.”

Pearcey added this is the first year the library has hosted the contest, and it plans to do it in the future. He said it’s part of a plan to expand the services offered to teenagers at the library.

“People come to the library to read books, obviously,” Pearcey said. “That’s one of our big services that we provide to the public, but what we really want to do, we want to get teenagers more involved in the library. We want to expand our services as far as what’s offered to teens.”