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Teen Uses Talent to Support Local Libraries

Student Illustrates Libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge

Talented Sixteen Year Old Artist, Sophia You

At the age of sixteen, Sunset High School student, Sophia You is already an accomplished artist who is using her talents to benefit local libraries.

In addition to sorting and shelving materials each week as a volunteer at Cedar Mill Library, You create illustrations for use in promoting library programs. The teen started out designing coloring sheets that the libraries delivered along with books to local childcare sites as part of their Bookshare Program.

The libraries’ Teen Services Manager, Mark Richardson says, “Sophia has been volunteering at the library since 2021. She has created artwork for our NaMoWriMo program and our Spring Crosshatch reading challenge and has even designed buttons for us. We’re thankful for all her contributions!”

You’s latest artwork supports the libraries' Winter Reading Challenge with designs featuring the challenge’s 2023 theme, “Bundle Up with a Book”. Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries are encouraging readers of all ages to participate in the Winter Reading Challenge, which runs from December 1 to January 15.

The libraries’ goal is 10,000 hours of community reading. Randomly chosen participants will win gift cards donated by Piccolo Mondo Toys. Readers can participate by picking up a reading log at the Cedar Mill or Bethany Libraries, downloading the Beanstack app, or by signing up online at


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