When Mr. Kris Houser was asked, "How did you decide to become an Artist?"  Here is how he answered this question.  "Over the years, many people have asked when did you decide to become and artist?  After some reflection, I would have to say that I was ten years old, and in the fourth grade when I first realized that I had some artistic talent.  The moment came when my fourth grade teacher announced the winners of a bookmark contest that was held at our school.  It was 1980, and the year that the Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York.  The Hot Springs Elementary School Principal announced that there was a bookmark contest.  Students could draw anything on the bookmark, but the theme had to be the winter Olympics.  At the top of my bookmark, I drew the Olympic rings, the modern symbol of the Olympics.  Beneath the rings, I drew the Olympic torch.  At the bottom of the bookmark, I drew a silhouette of a jumping skier.  By the time, the judges had picked the winners, I had completely forgotten about the contest.  I was so surprised when they announced that my bookmark was chosen for the first place.  My classmates cheered me when the news was announced.  I felt so good about creating something that other people thought was good. I decided that I wanted to be the best drawer at my school.  From that point on, I began to realize that perhaps I had a talent that many other people did not have, a talent that would be instrumental in the shaping of my adult life and career."   


National Library Week is observed April 14-20, 2013 with the theme, "Communities matter @ your library." First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation, libraries, and librarians, and to promote library use and support.  All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special- participate. Beginning April 22, the LMC along with Mr. Houser will conduct a bookmark contest.  The rules are as follows:  1. All students may participate.  2.  The bookmark must measure 2" x 8".  3. The design can be done in black and white, or full color.  (Please outline with a thin black marker.)  The contest theme is "Communities matter @ your library."  5.  The bookmark must be original artwork.  No licensed characters such as SpongeBob, Spiderman and, etc. are allowed.   6.  There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each grade level.  7. The winners will receive prizes.    By the way, the picture below is Mr. Kris Houser as a Cheraw High School senior in 1988.