Teenagers will vie to create the first-ever Pierce County Library System’s teenage card during the Library’s first ever card design contest.
“We are excited to offer teens this opportunity to develop and showcase their artistic talents,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of the Library System. “This will truly give a budding artist exposure, because we issue tens of thousands of library cards a year.”
Last year, the Library issued more than 50,000 cards. Those included cards to new customers, as well as to people who lost their cards.
The free design contest runs from Wednesday, April 15, through Friday, May 15. Any teenager in grades 7 – 12 living or attending school in Pierce County is eligible to enter.
Teens may get entry forms at any Pierce County Library or online at www.piercecountylibrary.org, keyword: teen card contest. Teenagers may submit their entries to Pierce County Library’s 17 branches or by mail to Teen Library Card Contest, Pierce County Library System, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98446-2215.
Art must be original and not published elsewhere. Submitted art becomes the property of Pierce County Library. The Library will retain all submissions.
Professional artists will review entries and select finalists. Pierce County residents will select the winner from the finalists by voting online at the Library’s Web site later this spring.
The teen artist’s name will appear along with the artwork on the printed card.
The teen-designed library cards will be available for free, in addition to other designs that the Library offers. Teenagers and people of all ages may get the new card, which will be available during the Library’s third annual card drive this fall.
With a Pierce County Library card people get an array of free services, including:
- Access to more than 1.3 million books, movies, CDs and more.
- Professional online tutors to help students with homework.
- Audiobooks and movies to download to a home computer or portable device.
- Credible, reliable information from e-sources of subscription magazines and more.
- Best-sellers, biographies and Playaways (small portable audio recordings of books).