The impressive work of 42 finalists in the library’s first ever “Design a Library Card” contest are on display at the Civic Center branch library. More than 200 Chula Vista library cardholders between the ages of four and 73 entered the contest, submitting original designs in their respective categories—grades K-3, 4-6, 7-12 and adult. Those four winners and the recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for the best overall design, will be announced at a reception for all contestants, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center library, located at 365 F Street.
Two thousand winning cards will be printed for purchase with the proceeds going to the Chula Vista Public Library Foundation. Cards will be priced at $3; the foundation hopes to raise $6,000 to buy new books.
In September, the library announced its “Design a Library Card” contest to all library cardholders. The youngest age group was assigned the theme of “My First Library Card.” Fourth graders on up worked with a second theme- “I Love My Library.” Final judging in each category included a council member, librarian, City graphic designer, and a community artist/teacher.
“One of the library managers came up with the idea about a year ago, and we felt this was a creative way to build awareness and get people involved,” said Scott Love, the library’s Public Relations Manager. “This has been a wonderful experience. People were excited about our contest from the very beginning, and the suspense has been building for months.”
The new cards will become available in February for “Love Your Library” month. Last year, the non-profit Chula Vista Public Library Foundation, raised approximately $10,000 to buy library books for children and teens. Visit www.cvplfoundation.org or call (619) 691-5169.