Oakland Public Library is starting off this year with a fun contest geared to tap Oakland teens' creative ideas and beautify the drab cement trash cans outside the Main Library at the same time.

The library is sponsoring a "Keep Oakland Beautiful" competition to come up with mosaic mural designs for the trash cans. The contest is open to anyone between the ages of 13-18 who lives in or attends school in Oakland. Teens interested in submitting designs can choose from two possible layout options and can submit multiple entries.

For sample templates and Design Submission forms, please visit www.oaklandlibrary.org/teendesign or the Main TeenZone, 125 14th St., 2nd Floor. All submissions (only paper copies are accepted) must be received in the Main TeenZone by 5:30 p.m., Feb. 14, 2014.

For more information contact Lana Adlawan, Teen Services Supervising Librarian, at 510-238-7613 or LAdlawan@oaklandlibrary.org.