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News Release
For immediate release April 21, 2009

Halifax Public Libraries Presents Art Awards to School-Aged Children

Make Yourself Famous is Halifax Public Libraries’ annual creative arts contest. The contest is open to all who live or go to school in the Halifax North area in grades primary through 9. Almost 200 entries were received.

Contestants are encouraged to let their imaginations soar in the categories of: audiovisual works, poetry, stories and art. Awards for first, second and third place are given at each grade level in each category. The awards event is Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. During the event, the Dr. Marie Hamilton Award and The Heinish Award will also be presented.

Dr. Marie Hamilton was a native of Halifax and a champion of personal rights and freedoms. She appreciated the value of artistic expression and life-long learning. In 1983, she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Halifax Public Libraries presents this award in Dr. Hamilton’s honour to a junior high school student who entered the Make Yourself Famous contest and who sets a positive example to their peers.

Noa and Sarah Heinish operated a business on Gottingen Street and volunteered with organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, the Halifax Welfare Council, the Arthritis Society and the Shaar Shalom Synagogue. The Heinish family valued responsible citizenship and artistic creativity as cornerstones to building vital communities. Halifax Public Libraries presents this award in honour of the Heinish family to a high school student who has demonstrated an interest in the creative arts and has made a valuable contribution to the Halifax North community.

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Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Contact: Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
490-5852