Peabody students get creative for contest

PEABODY – Three creative and talented Peabody High art students were chosen as the winners of the Peabody Institute Library’s “Play by the Book” logo contest.The designs of students Scott Kaye, Alex Cohen, and Mike Gerome will be placed throughout the city to encourage community involvement in this spring’s baseball-themed reading program.According to Young Adult Librarian Melissa Rauseo, this will be the fourth community read within the past five years. It was a collaborative effort between the library and the High School Art Department to show the connection between America’s pastime and literature.Rauseo said that this year’s entries were so well done, the committee couldn’t possibly have chosen only one winner.”Scott Kaye designed the winning logo,” she said. “The other two students’ work will be used for posters and flyers.”Kaye’s design featured a black and white drawing of a baseball player taking a big swing of the bat with a “Play by the Book” banner across the top. His artwork will be used on all publicity and promotional materials for the program.”We hope it will encourage members of the community to read books around the theme of baseball,” said Rauseo.Although the program continues throughout the spring, there will be one week of concentrated programming. From April 12-19, the library will host various activities and guest speakers, such as Mary Pratt, an original member of the professional all-women’s baseball team, the Rockford Peaches, which were featured in the box office hit “A League of Their Own.”The “Play by the Book” program was created to cultivate book discussions by residents of all ages, as well as provide them with educational and recreational opportunities. Funding for the program is provided through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act.For more information, contact the library at 978-531-0100, ext. 14.

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