The Temple Public Library now has new library cards to kick off Library Card month in September. The design for the new card is by Jonathan Flores, a sixth grader, and was chosen from 570 designs submitted in a contest last spring. The contest was for 3rd 4thand 5th graders from all over Temple, both public schools and private schools, and homeschoolers. Jonathan was a 5th grader at Cater Elementary when he submitted the design.
The Friends of the Library sponsored the contest and made it possible for the library to order 15,000 new cards at a cost of $2,175. The new cards were introduced as part of the Friends Labor Day Used Book Sale, the major fund raising project for the Friends.
Judges Marilynn Wilson, Judy Stover and Pam Arnold said they had a hard time picking from a great selection, but ultimately picked his because it was simple enough to survive being reduced to fit on the card, and yet elegant and with movement.
“We’re very excited to have new cards featuring a design from one of Temple’s own students, and are looking forward to using them as we begin working on a project to ensure all Temple students have a chance to sign up for a library card, Judy Duer, library director, said. “September is Library Card Month, so this is a great time to start our campaign. As always, we appreciate very much the support of the Friends of the Library!”
The new cards also come with a key chain sized tag for those who prefer not to have another full sized card to carry around. Persons who currently have a library card may continue to use the old cards.