Talk about roar-some!
The D.C. Public Library is hosting its 3rd Annual Dinosaur Roaring Contest.
“Do you have a killer pterodactyl shriek, a mean tyrannosaurus growl or a wicked brontosaurus grunt?” the D.C. Public Library asked in a press release, adding, “D.C. Public Library wants to hear you roar! Once again, we are calling on dinosaur fans of all ages to share their best impressions of their dinosaur breed of choice.”
The event began in 2020 as a way to engage with children in the D.C. community who were missing out on library events and programming due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I was really bummed, because I couldn’t really do a lot of children’s programming and we weren’t doing anything indoors or much of anything else,” Elaine Pelton, the D.C. Public Library’s head of children’s programming, told NBC Washington. “So we were trying to figure out how to engage people virtually.”
And so the dinosaur roaring contest was born!
But kids weren’t the only ones excited (because hey, who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!). Now, the contest includes categories that vary by age (from toddler through adult), group submissions, and even pets!
To enter, just record a video of yourself, your child, pet, or group unleashing your best dinosaur roar (only 10 seconds or less!) and submit your video entry on the D.C. Public Library website. The contest’s submission deadline is Aug. 1, 2023.
Winners will be determined by a panel of librarian judges, who will award winners for a number of categories, including “vocals, performance, direction, production, originality, costumes, choreography, and best incorporation of a D.C. landmark.” The winners will be contacted via email in early August and can pick up their prizes from their closest participating library.
See the full list of participating D.C. libraries below:
- Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library
- Mt. Pleasant Library
- Parklands-Turner Library
- Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Library
- Southeast Library
- Tenley-Friendship Library
- Woodridge Library
For more information or to submit your winning dinosaur roar, visit the the D.C. Public Library website.