The Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host a free essay contest for youth in grades six through 12 in celebration of Black History Month.

Essays should be limited to three pages or less. Essays must be submitted to the Library at the front desk by Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., or by emailing them to pcl@cityofpalmdale.org.

There will be two categories for submissions: sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. Prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions in each category.

“This is a great opportunity for youth to creatively express what Black History Month means to them by celebrating the many important people and accomplishments of the African-American community,” said Library Director Robert Shupe.

The Palmdale City Library is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Palmdale City Library at (661) 267-5600 or TDD 267-5167, or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/library.

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