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For kids who love to build!

Brought to you by Coeur d'Alene Public Library Youth Services


LEGO project contests for age groups 4-13!

  • Non-judged Exhibition Category for ages 14 and up!
  • Guest speakers
  • Building Contests!
  • LEGO-themed Refreshments!

LEGO-rama Rules

Special Theme for 2013: Renewable energy is the theme for LEGO-rama 2013. Projects should reflect the use of alternate energy sources. Design a car, boat, truck, RV, house, factory, etc. reflecting the use of solar, wind, waves, biogas, recycled french fry oil, people power or whatever you can imagine. The design doesn’t have to be a working model, just your concept of how alternative energy can be used to perform a task.

  • Original Projects: One entry per participant, please. Entries must be participant-built. (No adult assistance.) Judging will be in age categories of 4-6, 7-10 and 11-13. Entries should be original designs created by the participant rather than just assembled kits created by LEGO (or similar company). Entries must have a footprint (the space occupied on the table) no larger than 15x15 inches. Non-LEGO parts are permitted, but must be building parts that are LEGO-compatible. Winning projects will be displayed at the Library for two weeks, at participants' discretion. Judged projects cannot be motorized or computer enhanced. (See Exhibition Category below) Lights are allowed but participants must provide their own power source (batteries). Participants should have an exhibit card showing: The Entry Title, The Builder’s Name, and the Builder’s Age. Entries should be assembled before being brought to the library.
  • Judging: A panel of judges recruited by the LEGO Leader will select the top three winners in each age group. A “People’s Choice” entry will be chosen by the audience. Each participant and audience member will be given one ballot to place in the ballot box. Entries may be brought to the library beginning at 12:30 p.m. Judging and voting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and cease at 2:15 p.m.
  • Exhibition Category: Participants 14 years old and up are invited to display their original designs, but will not be included in the judging or voting for prizes. Limited to a 15X15-inch footprint. Motorized and computer-enhanced displays must provide own power supply.
  • Building Contests: Participants will reach into the Bucket-O-LEGOs with one hand and will bring out as many LEGO parts as they can hold.  Using those parts only (this is one time when sharing with your neighbor is not a good thing) participants will have two (2) minutes to design and build a LEGO project.  Winners will be determined by the LEGO Leader and such other judges as he or she can draft.

The goal of LEGO-Rama is to have fun and learn a little about building techniques.  For this reason we encourage parents and other adults to allow their children to design and build their contest entries using their own imaginations and skills so participants can compete on an equal footing.  Thank you!

2015 LEGO_Rama Winners

Ages 4-6

First: Violet Petersen, “LEGO Ships”

Second: Lydia Specer, “Hero Elf”

Third: Conan Tapia, “Super Seahawks”

Ages 7-10

First: Ava Mendoza, “Celpman’s Seastar”

Second: Claton Scott Hallett Wilde, “Dragon and Phoenix”

Third: Joshua Thomas Averett, “Captain Silver”

Ages 11-13

First: Isaac Babin, “The Robot Factory”

Second: Noah Helmick, “Shabang’s Lair”

Third: Kendyl Dickinson, “Halo and Dino Man vs. Doom”

People's Choice Award

First: Ryan Simonet, Age 9, “War of Heroes"

Winners of the 2015 LEGO-Rama.

2010 LEGO-Rama Winners

Ages 4-6

First: Joey Clark

Second: Ethan Schwegal

Third: David Nieman

Ages 7-10

First: Evan Seibert

Second: Ian Fleming

Third: Zach Schmitt.

Ages 11-13

First: Easton Gervais

Second: Richard Warner

Third: Phillip McDaniel 

People’s Choice

First: Easton Gervais

Second: Evan Siebert

Third: Matthew Robinson

2008 LEGO-Rama Winners

Best of Show

Josiah Hummel

13-14 Years Old

First Place: Elijah Ghodsee

Second Place: Andrew Hoskings

11-12 Years Old

First Place: Vanya Hummel

Second Place: Gibbons and Jackson Hightower (joint project)

Third Place: Sam Hourland

9-10 Years Old

First Place: Philip McDaniel

Second Place: Garett Oetkin

Third Place (tie): Andy Jakubek and Ben Macomber

7-8 Years Old

First Place: Landon Moulding

Second Place: Bridger Roger

Third Place (tie): Hunter Bell and Damon Schafer

5-6 Years Old

First Place: Josiah Hummel

Second Place: Cade McConnachie

Third Place: Riley Tenney

2007 LEGO-Rama Winners

Design Contest Winners

(All on the Non-mechanized Category)

13-14 Years Old

First Place: Ben Thruman

11-12 Years Old

First Place: Kevin Hill

Second Place: Dirk Seymour

Third Place: Romulus Cansino

9-10 Years Old

First Place: Vanya Hummel

Second Place: Caleb Stedman

Third Place: Joseph Hoisington

7-8 Years Old

First Place (tie): Connor Kelley and James Turpen

Second Place: Andy Stedman

5-6 Years Old

First Place: Josiah Hummel

Second Place: Bridger Rogers

Third Place: Melina Smith

(There were no Mechanized entries.)

The Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is one of the oldest and most prestigious contests of its kind in the Inland Northwest. In 1987 Library Director Julie Meier perceived the need to discover and recognize talented writers in our regional community and to challenge young people and adults to take an interest in writing and to hone their skills. Another goal of the Writers Competition is to reveal great authors living in our midst. 

To add a tangible reward to the honor of winning the competition, Hecla Mining Company agreed to fund cash prizes for the winning entries for the first contest in 1988. Hecla continued to fund the prizes through 2001. Beginning with the 2002 competition cash prizes were funded by a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club. The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library provide volunteers to organize the competition and host the annual Awards Ceremony. 

The Writers Competition is judged by a group of volunteers composed of professional writers and editors working in North Idaho and Spokane. 

Official Writers Competition entry forms and rules are available beginning Jan. 31 each year. Forms can be picked up at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library or downloaded by clicking this link. Requests for mailed forms must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Entries must normally be returned to the Library by March 31. Judging is completed by the end of April and the Awards Ceremony is scheduled in May. 


Click here to view and print the current rules and entry form. 

Click here to see what your entry should look like. 

2011 Writers Competition Winners Recognized


Left to right from back row, James Thomas Ball, Sue Coleman, Holly Cooley-Nelson, Jacqueline Gedeik, Donna J. Williams, Taylor Kowalski, Alexsandra Logan, Brooke Sausser, Jacob Ryan Smith, Kaye Thornbrugh, Kierah Thurgood, Amy E. Hanson, Gabe Johnson, Jeanette Leptich, Garrett Thomas Oetken, Logan Elizabeth Ortiz, Emma Ployhar, Elisha Bennett Coad, Arthur G. Elliott, Justin Gates, Melia Lane Hannigan-Luther, Sydney Christine Morrison, Dylan Hansen, Haydn McKee. Not pictured: Patricia Kuhns, Hailey Smith, Conner Conigliaro, and Robert Z. Southern.

The winners of the 2011 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized Saturday, May 14, 2011, during a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.

The competition was in its 23nd year. The program was begun by former Library Director Julie Meier with the goal of encouraging excellence in writing and “to discover great writers living among us.

Writers submit fiction and nonfiction entries of 2,000 words or less in age groups ranging from 6 years to adult. This year there were 198 entries in the competition.

Cash prizes were first awarded by Hecla Mining Co. and more recently have been provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club. Prizes include $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. In case of matching scores, duplicate prizes of the full amount are awarded. Based on scores, first-place prizes may not be awarded in every category and age group.

The entries are judged each year by volunteers who include published authors, journalists, editors and writing educators.

The winners and their entries are:

  • 6-8 Nonfiction: No entries received
  • 9-11 Nonfiction: First, Elisha Bennett Coad, Sagle, “Bennett the Bomber Pilot;” Second, Conner Conigliaro, Coeur d’Alene, “Candy;” Third, Arthur G. Elliott, Hayden, “My Trip to the Oregon Coast.”
  • 12-14 Nonfiction: First (tie), Gabe Johnson, Coeur d’Alene, “98 Yards and Counting;” First (tie), Garrett Thomas Oetken, Coeur d’Alene, “Building the Boat;” Second, Jeanette Leptich, Coeur d’Alene, “A Day With My Dad;” Third, Logan Elizabeth Ortiz, Coeur d’Alene, “My Time at Camp Bighorn.”
  • 15-18 Nonfiction: First, Taylor Kowalski, Coeur d’Alene, “Death Is;” Second, Brooke Sausser, Post Falls, “Carnage in the Illegal Rosewood Industry: It’s Causes, Effects, and Victims; ”Third (tie), Alexsandra Logan, Spokane, “Camp Dishwashers Night Out;” Third (tie), Hailey Smith, Post Falls, “Heart: An Autobiography Through the Eyes of Hope.”
  • 19-Plus Nonfiction: First, Donna J. Williams, Coeur d’Alene, “Charlie’s Eyes;” Second, Sue Coleman, Troy, Mont., “A Patchwork World;” Third, James Thomas Ball, Coeur d’Alene, “Logical Power and Transportation Policies.”
  • 6-8 Fiction: First, Dylan Hansen, Athol, “The Discovery;” Second, Robert Z. Southern, Coeur d’Alene, “The Hamster’s Donut;” Third, Haydn McKee, Coeur d’Alene, “The Pirate’s Journey.”
  • 9-11 Fiction: First, Melia Lane Hannigan-Luther, Coeur d’Alene, “A Chance;” Second, Sydney Christine Morrison, Hayden, “Dance in the Rain, Chapter 1;” Third, Justin Gates, Hayden, “Dogsled Race.”
  • 12-14 Fiction: First, Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “A Name to Be Proud Of;” Second, Amy E. Hanson, Coeur d’Alene, “Mandie Carter; ”Third, Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “A Meaningful Life.”
  • 15-18 Fiction: First, Kaye Thornbrugh, Hayden, “Sacrifice of the Sea: A Drowning in 13 Glances;” Second, Kaye Thornbrugh, Hayden, “The Naming of Names: An Origin;” Third (tie), Jacob Ryan Smith, Rathdrum, “Hateful Disgrace;” Third (tie), Kierah Thurgood, Post Falls, “Cursed Wings and Blessed Guns.”
  • 19-Plus Fiction: First, Jacqueline Gedeik. Hayden, “The Intruder;” Second, Patricia Kuhns, Rathdrum, “Grounded;” Third, Holly Cooley-Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “Abandoned.”