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Friends of the Library

Past Contest Winners

The Friends of the Library sponsor contests for students to encourage use of the Library and creativity.

Blackout Poetry

February 2024
Take text from a book, newspaper, or magazine, and redact words to create a blackout poem.

1st Place ($500 UCO Tuition Waiver) - Daniel Tarter

a piece of

2nd Place ($300 UCO Tuition Waiver) - Karhol Kamil

she would like to be beheaded
Her executioner could be found
in the Emperor's dominions
hammering In the courtyard.

a beautiful heavy crimson
beneath her neck bare.

to die
she knelt down
her eyes murmuring pity
as the executioner took his aim.

Then with a single stroke
was done

3rd Place (Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote) - Zoey Leatherman

grew louder
strange, beautiful light

Selfie Contest

February 2023
Take a selfie at the Tech Express in the NUC.

Smiling student stands with and staff member giving a thumbs-up. Behind them are multiple computers and a large printer/scannerWinner ($500 UCO tuition waiver) - Anjali Chakkissary

Book Spine Poetry

September 2022
Create a unique poem by arranging the titles of book spines in a stack.

Stack of 10 books arranged to create a poem with the words on the spineWinner - Hailey Cloud

Netflix Recommends
Generation Z
Cultural Evolution
the diversity gap
Confident Women
The Future is Feminine
Life on the Screen

Stack of 4 books arranged to create a poem with the words on the spineRunner Up - Joy Hasebe

The Magic and Mystery of
A Chosen Path
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Am I There Yet?

Design a Bookmark

November 2021
Create an original library, reading, or research themed 2"x6" bookmark design. Winner received $250 in UCO dining dollars.

  • Winner - Evette Giron

UCO Student Giveaway

April 2021
Giveaway for new followers of the Chamber of Books Facebook page, and a grand prize drawing upon reaching 100 followers.

  • Grand Prize (Kindle Paperwhite) - Joseph John

Library Lifehack

October 2020
Submit a tip for using the library to make academic life easier.

  • 1st Place ($300) - Jack Cheatham
    Tip: Since Max Chambers Library is part of the OK-SHARE network, ask the front desk for an OK-SHARE library card, for free! This gives you access and checkout privileges at other university libraries in Oklahoma!
  • 2nd Place ($200) - Dalton Payne
    Tip: Use the library's lockers to safely store items you don't want to lug around with you while you're on campus.
  • 3rd Place 9$100) - Emily McGough
    Tip: If you’ve been studying too long and need a small break, just take a trip up the staircase. You’ll be out of breath and miss reading really fast. Trust me, it works.

#BookFace Contest

April 2020
Submit a picture to Library's Facebook page of best #BookFace.

  • 1st Place (Fire Tablet 8” HD) - Daniela Arvizo
  • 2nd Place (Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player) - CVanessa Avalos

View the winning images on Facebook

Instagram Contest

October 2018
Submit a picture of library resources or spaces with a caption.

  • 1st Place (Canon Elph Camera bundle) - Gianmina Albines Chavez
  • 2nd Place (Seagate 2TB external hard drive) - Gianella Albines Chavez
  • 3rd Place (Amazon Fire TV stick) - Stephanie Chaidez

Six Word Story

October 2018
Submit a six word story without any words repeating.

  • 1st Place ($100) - Judith Keener: "For Sale: Chastity Belt. Slightly Damaged."
  • 2nd Place ($75) - Cynthia Wiley: "Living room picnic blanket covers scratches."
  • 3rd Place ($50) - Laura Phan: "Exchanged white dress for black one."

Selfie Contest

October 2017
Weekly winners of creative or funny photo inside or outside of Chambers Library

Week 1 - Morgan Massey

Week 2 - Shelby Landis and friends

Week 3 - Karlie Wentworth

Week 4 - Jaimee Wood and the Modern 2 Dance Class