Michelle Barreto, 18, from Lakewood’s Harrison Preparatory School created the winning library card design using the medium of watercolor, in Pierce County Library System’s first-ever teen library card design contest. People may view her winning artwork online at piercecountylibrary.org, and above.
Professional artists reviewed entries and selected five finalists. Then, 1,240 Pierce County residents cast votes on the Library’s Web site to choose the winner.
The winning design will appear on a new library card for use by teens and all ages. The artist’s name will appear on the printed cards. 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.
“Pierce County Library congratulates all the teen artists on their creativity,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for Pierce County Library. “We are excited about the great response and the amazing variety of entries to this contest. Although anyone in our service area may get a Pierce County Library card with the new design, we believe the card will have a strong appeal to ‘tweens and teens.”
Barreto’s winning piece features a fish and floral design in vibrant colors.
“I use a watercolor technique with more paint and less water, which produces a bright, mural-like piece,” said Barreto.
This spring teenage artists from throughout Pierce County vied for the opportunity to be the first teenager to design a Pierce County Library card. In all 110 artists submitted creations in colored pencil, pen, paint, camera and computer-generated art.
The teen-designed library cards will be available for free, in addition to other designs that the Library offers, 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 eBooks 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).