Reluctant Dragon Contest

The winner of the Reluctant Dragon Contest is Thea! She received 2 tickets from the Performing Arts Centre to their Reluctant Dragon show next week.

The Lonely Dragon

There lived a dragon by the sea
he was very lonely indeed
he thought he was the last of his kind
he spent his days in his mind
he hoped for a friend who would be there till the end

He drew charred pictures
with his fiery breath
until a mouse came
all his pictures were the same

The mouse brought berries
she brought some cherries
to brighten the pictures
that were so dark and grey

They went on a journey
to end his yearning
they checked the local fires
higher and higher
try as they might
there was no dragon in sight

His hope was gone
he was too tired to go on
his great big search
for a dragon on her perch

He sulked away
but realized in a way
his best friend had always been there
they were a perfect pair

The mouse had brought colour
like the flowers in summer
his heart was at rest
she had made him his best

2nd place winner Annika age 11 who will also receive a ticket to the show thanks to Fairview Family Law.



There once was a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins,
he was a burglar, he had to steal a dragon’s,
pile of coins jewels and gold, the journey there was very cold.


The dragon was Smaug, out of the fog.
he was red and mighty in all his glory
tunneling through a sea of his treasure.
There is a key to this place, after you find it you must race!


For the last day of fall, the keyhole will call, and appear!
If you are daring, you may hear
the silent sounds of a dragon stalking underground.
In treasure he will lie, at night he will fly, off for a bite.


Smaug’s wings in rhythm of one, his hunting has begun.
Beware if you see him with one glance, you will note you haven’t a chance.


So Mr. Bilbo Baggins, snuck to the dragon’s.
Along with his twelve friends. They were near the end.
to defeat the dragon but take his treasure in what? A wagon?
One ring glittering light, in the middle of the night.
How can they do it? With his breath Smaug lit up the cave
with Bilbo trying to be brave.


Dragon glaring, nostrils flaring,
flies to a town in his anger.
All townsfolk are in danger!
Behold, the power of Smaug!



Last Week’s Trivia Answers


The form asked what author created the character and the answers were

  1. Mo Willems
  2. Peggy Parish (but we also accepted Herman Parish because he has continued her work and if people looked up the author of newer titles he would be listed)
  3. Jeff Kinney
  4. Jennifer L. Holm
  5. Eric Carle
  6. Jim Davis
  7. J. K. Rowling
  8. J. M. Barrie
  9. Melanie Watt
  10. Marie-Louise Gay

The current contest is a little easier. It features animals made out of Lego and asks you to list what type of animal each picture is. The contest will run until Friday and then a new poster will go up.

Goldiblox & The Big Bad Wolf

For this program we read:

Inspired by Goldie Blox we challenged kids to build elements of stories. Prizes for their creation included Goldie Blox kits and Construction worker book/build kits.


The Orange Story Tent Contest

The Vernon branch of Okanagan Regional Library is very orange these days. Big orange tarps cover most of the first floor. What is going on behind them? Is the world becoming orange? Are all the books going to taste like oranges now? Are the words extra juicy? Are the workmen building something extra special for us back there? Is it going to be a zoo full of orange animals? Only you can tell us, with your imagination. Kids under the age of 15, we want your stories and your poems, and your drawings of the world behind the big orange tent. We’ll help you, too, on Monday afternoons after school, or anytime you want to come by and talk to our writer in residence, Harold Rhenisch. He’s helped a lot of young writers and many young adult and children’s authors, and he is waiting to help you this March and April at the library.

Fantastic prizes to be won:

Young Kids (under 8)

  • 1st place: $50 Gift Certificate to a bookstore
  • 2nd place: Pop Up Book Making Kit  and Storyworld Kit
  • 3rd place: 2 books and a spinner of crayons

Older Kids (ages 9-11)

  • 1st place: $50 Gift Certificate to a bookstore
  • 2nd place: pocket microscope, a book, and a writing notebook
  • 3rd place: 2 books

Teen (12+)

  • 1st place: Kobo eReader
  • 2nd place: 5 books of your choice
  • 3rd place: 2 books of your choice

Please submit your entries by April 30th at 9pm to and include your name, age and what school you attend (or if you are homeschooled).