• Start: July 21 @ 8:00 am
  • End: August 31 @ 5:00 pm
  • Branch: All
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Get your pencil sharpened and your crayons ready! We are hosting a drawing contest for children aged 12 and under to celebrate the 100th birthday of the real Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed bear.

Christopher Robin Milne got a stuffed bear for his first birthday in August, 1921, and he eventually named it Winnie-the-Pooh. The bear now lives at the New York Public Library.

You can read all about it at: https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/schwarzman/childrens-center-42nd-street/pooh

Contest dates: The contest starts July 21, 2021 and closes at 5 pm, August 31.

Eligibility: Children 12 and under can enter. One entry per person. Entries from children of employees at VIRL will not be considered. Entrants must live within the Vancouver Island Regional Library service area to be considered and must be able to pick up their prize at their local branch.

How to enter:

Provide us with a drawing of your favourite Winnie-the-Pooh character or an illustration of a section of a Winnie-the-Pooh story by:

  • Emailing it as a JPEG or PNG file to cc@virl.bc.ca
  • Drop it off at the Creativity Commons, at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch at 90 Commercial Street
  • Drop it off at your nearest library branch with a note saying it is to be sent to the Creativity Commons
  • Mail it to: your nearest branch with a note saying “to be sent to Creativity Commons”
    or mail to Creativity Commons, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

Please include the child’s name, age and the parent or guardian’s phone number and email on the back of the drawing so winners can be notified.

Entries become the property of VIRL and will not be returned.

By entering this contest, contestants and their legal parent(s) or guardian(s) consent to VIRL publishing the art without any compensation to the contestant or any other party. This shall include unlimited reproduction, publication, use and distribution in all forms and media and in all manners, including in branch displays, website content and social media platforms.  Contestants and their legal parent(s) or guardians(s) also consent to VIRL announcing any prize winners’ names and ages in future publicity without permission or compensation.

By entering this contest, you accept the terms and conditions of the contest.


Entries will be judged at the end of the contest by VIRL staff and the winners will be notified by email or phone. Decisions are at the discretion of VIRL staff.


First place: A vintage Winnie-the-Pooh honey pot, a 1kg jar of honey and a honey dipper generously donated by Fredrich’s Honey in Cedar, B.C and a premium cotton VIRL bag (approx. value $40)

Second place: A 500g jar of honey generously donated by Fredrich’s Honey, a Tales the Whale stuffed toy and a reusable nylon VIRL bag (approx. value $22)

Third place: A 500 g jar of honey generously donated by Fredrich’s Honey, a Tales the Whale key chain and a reusable nylon VIRL bag (approx. value $15)


If you have any questions about the contest, please contact the Creativity Commons at: cc@virl.bc.ca


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