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Santa Monica Library Holding Redesign Contest for Library Cards

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By Lookout Staff

September 17, 2015 -- The Santa Monica Public Library is celebrating its 125th birthday with a contest that invites some of its most faithful patrons – cardholders – to redesign its library card, officials announced Wednesday.

The contest is free and open to anyone with a valid library card, said Rachel Foyt, an administrative analyst for the library system, which includes the Main Library and four branch libraries.

Foyt said she believes it is the first time the library has held such a contest. In the past, staff has designed the cards, including the current card, which is green and has an outline of the Main Library building. The card was designed about ten years ago, she said.

All entries must be received by October 1.

“We’re really looking forward to something fun and creative,” Foyt said. “We’re excited about what we might get from the community. Santa Monica has so many artists and creative people.”

Details and entry forms are available at smpl.org/125cardcontest/ or in person at any Santa Monica Public Library location.

The Santa Monica Public Library has more than 28,000 library cards in circulation and opens new accounts to an estimated 7,800 patrons each year. The cards are free to residents; non-residents pay $25 each.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories -- youth (ages 10 and under), teens (ages 11 to 17) and adults (ages 18 and over). Only one entry per person is allowed.

One winner from each age group will receive a $125 gift card and the winning entry might be used for the library card design.

All artwork must be original and can be computer generated, digitally photographed or drawn on paper using colored pencil, pen, paint, markers or other media, Foyt said.

More information on this and other library programs can be found at www.smpl.org or by contacting the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


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