Library Celebrates 80 Years with Local Student Contest


As part of the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) 80th anniversary celebration during 2019, we are holding an Art & Poetry Contest for students in grades K-12. Winning pieces will be featured in the Reading Trail at Pierson and Mallett Park (behind the Fire Station on E. 5th in Natchitoches). The Reading Trail is a joint effort of the NPL, City of Natchitoches, and Cane River National Heritage Area.

Students choosing to enter have a choice of topic for their artwork and poem from one of the following Louisiana state symbols: green tree frog, brown pelican, crawfish, gumbo, Catahoula leopard dog, beignet, milk, magnolia, strawberry, honeybee, Louisiana black bear, Natchitoches meat pie, Cajun accordion, alligator, fleur de lis, bald cypress, sweet potato, Louisiana iris, or pirogue. After choosing a topic, students will write a poem focusing on that state symbol. Then, a visual art piece must be created, such as a drawing, painting, or a photo, to go along with their poem and topic. Both pieces can then be submitted to the NPL digitally at, or in person or mailed to the NPL at 450 Second St., Natchitoches, LA. The deadline for a complete submission (must include both a poem and artwork) is May 31, 2019.

“Our goal is to make this an annual contest,” says Jessica McGrath, NPL Director, “so that local students might be featured in the Reading Trail each year!”

Original items or files may be requested for printing purposes. All submissions must include the artists full name, a parent or guardian’s name, and contact information.

If you have any questions, about this or any other NPL activities, you may call (318-357-3280) or message the NPL on its Facebook page (Natchitoches Parish Library).