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DIYorama Contest Entries accepted

From July 09, 2018 9:00 am until July 27, 2018 5:00 pm

The Friends of the Mercer Library will sponsor “DIYorama,” a contest that celebrates books and reading. Create your own diorama that highlights a favorite book and enter to win some fabulous prizes! 

Entries will be accepted three categories: a kids’ division (ages 12 and under), general division (ages 13 to adult), and a miniature division for all ages. Entries must be received by 5:00pm on July 27, 2018. Public voting will take place at the library beginning on July 30, and winners will be announced on August 10, 2018.


  • Each diorama must illustrate a book or a scene from a book. The entry form will include the book title and author. 
  • One entry per person per division. (Participants are welcome to submit a total of two entries: one entry to the miniature division and one entry to either the kids’ or general division as appropriate for their age.)
  • Kids’ division and general division entries must use a regular-sized mint tin (approx. 2 ½” x 3 ¾” x ¾”) either as the structure of the diorama or incorporated into the scene.
  • Miniature division entries must fit entirely within a small mint tin (approx. 1 ½” x 2” x 5/8”), though the exterior of the tin may also be painted or decorated. 
  • The Mercer Library will provide tins at no charge, or participants may use their own tins if they are substantially similar in size and shape to the tins provided by the library. 
  • Winners will be selected through public voting held at the Mercer Library during normal library hours from 9:00am on July 30, 2018 to 12:00pm on Friday, August 10, 2018. Visitors to the library shall be allowed one vote per day. Prizes shall be awarded for each division, for “Best Book Illustration” and for “Best in Show.” 
  • A special “Friends’ Choice” award shall be judged by members of the Friends of the Library. 
  • Entries will remain on display at the Mercer Library until August 31, 2018. 

For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366 or stop in to pick up a tin and entry form after July 1, 2018.


Thank you to Madeline Tyner at the Cooperative Children's Book Center for inspiration and the photo of her "Baabwaa & Wolliam" diorama!

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