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Vote Now for New Library Card Designs

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

October 17, 2012

Vote Now for New San Francisco Public Library Card Designs

Artwork finalists posted at ImproveSF.com

Books, bridges, butterflies and batman are among the artwork featured in the Library card design finalists now posted at ImproveSF.com. The Mayor’s Office and San Francisco Public Library created the challenge at ImproveSF to encourage artists of all ages to design the next San Francisco Public Library cards.

Improve SF logoThe public is now encouraged to vote for the library card finalists through ImproveSF.com ImproveSF is a citywide program that generates opportunities for the City and Country of San Francisco and its residents to work together via online community challenges voted on by the public. Registration at ImproveSF.com is required to vote for any of the design entries. The deadline for voting is Oct. 28.

Artwork entries were accepted in five categories, divided by grade or age: 2nd Grade and under; 3rd-5th Grades; Middle School; High School; and Adult.  In all, more than 3,600 designs were submitted for the contest and were winnowed to 10 in each category by a panel of judges that included author Lemony Snicket, author/illustrator Ashley Wolff, artist Sirron Norris, Suzee Barrabee, with the advertising firm, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, City Librarian Luis Herrera, San Francisco School Board member Hydra Mendoza, the education advisor to Mayor Lee, and library graphic designer Barbara McMahan.

The winning library card designs in each age/grade category will be announced in November. The five winning designs will be featured on new San Francisco library cards issued in 2013. There are more than 400,000 San Francisco library cards in active circulation. San Francisco Public Library issues about 60,000 new cards each year.