Roses are red, violets are blue, write something better than this and there's a T-shirt in it for you.

The Prince William County library is sponsoring a contest for prospective poets. Each entry should be on a separate sheet of paper, no more than 14 lines long and typed if possible. A 3 by 5 card with name, address and phone number also should be included.

Poems should be submitted by 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Nokesville minilibrary, 12993 Fitzwater Dr.

2 Picked for National Children's Choir

Jacqui McMahon and Laurie Trantham, eighth graders at Saunders Middle School, have been selected to sing in the 1988 National Children's Choir in Fort Worth in March.

Four judges with the American Kodaly Educators selected the two students based on vocal quality and musicianship. The students also had to be between the ages of 10 and 14, and have an unchanged or treble voice.

Student Musicians to Compete at Recital

Seven finalists from preliminaries in which 16 high school entrants competed will vie for monetary awards in the Ella L. Poindexter Memorial Scholarship Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Gar-Field High School.

Winners of the first, second and third prizes will be awarded $500, $250 and $100 scholarships respectively. The first-place winner also will be invited to play with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra next year.

The finalists are pianists Anwell and Andrea Chang, sophomores at Thomas Jefferson High School; flutist Shannon Carpenter, a junior at Woodbridge High School; pianist Amy Smith, a freshman at Gar-Field High School; cellist Jerry Brann , a senior at Osbourn Park High School; violinist Jennifer Memoli, a junior at Woodbridge High School; and cellist Bryn Haase, a senior at Woodbridge High School.

The recital is sponsored by the Prince William Symphony Orchestra Society. Tickets are $5 and $8. For more information, call 494-6691.

Supervisors Allocate Funds for Courthouse Repairs

With the help of funds allocated by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors last week, the dilapidated 100-year-old Old Courthouse bell and clock tower, which county and city officials said could fall at any time, will be repaired and some parts replaced.

The supervisors allocated $170,000 to fix the bell and clock tower as well as replace an oil-fired hot water furnace in the basement with gas-fired hot water boilers.