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Leader Photo by Teen Council leader Judy Kimzey.  From left: Morgan Walthall of Melissa and MaKenna Dancer of Van Alstyne with their winning entries
Leader Photo by Teen Council leader Judy Kimzey. From left: Morgan Walthall of Melissa and MaKenna Dancer of Van Alstyne with their winning entries

The 11th Annual Teen Council Art Contest awards ceremony was last Friday night. Thanks to all of you who graced our walls with your beautiful work and special thanks to our judges Mark Steele of Van Alstyne and Greg Ashby of Sherman. Mark has been a practitioner, educator and speaker for the graphic design industry for more than 30 years. He and his wife Marian own the graphic design firm M Square Design. Mark’s work has garnered more than 350 design awards and has been published in numerous international publications devoted to design and topography. Greg Ashby is the owner of Gallery Frames and Art Center and uses his special talent to design creative and dramatic displays of art and treasures.

The winners of the contest are:

Middle School:

Judges Choice – “Blue dog with a poker face” by MaKenna Dancer of Van Alstyne

Best in Show – “Night Owl” by Linda Boling of Van Alstyne

High School

Judges Choice — “Teachers are Superheroes” by Morgan Walthall of Melissa

Best in Show — “Selfie” by Morgan Welch of Van Alstyne

Our next Teen Council-sponsored event is an Anime Convention. Come join us May 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for fun anime games, costume contest, chopsticks class, Soul Eater hunt, rice eating contest, manga drawing contest and anime movies. Bring your own Pokemon cards for games. All ages are welcome, but if you are age 12 or under you need to bring an adult. Admission is free. A small fee will be charged for concessions.

Our regular programming for preschool- and elementary-aged children is on hold until the week of June 2. Feel free to bring the kiddos to the library anyway. The books and games are always here for your use.

The fourth edition of Profiles of Texas (Greyhouse Publishing, 2014) is now in our collection. It is full of fast facts about every town, city, county and region or our great state. Since we serve citizens in both Collin and Grayson counties I share these details for your next trivia contest.

Total Population projected for 2015 Collin – 961,458 Grayson – 125,689

Males per 100 females (2008-12 5 yr avg) Collin – 96.8 Grayson – 94.8

Median age (2011) Collin – 35.1 Grayson – 39.4

County taxes per capita (2011) Collin - $257 Grayson - $283

County Property taxes per capita (2011) Collin - $240 Grayson - $260

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.