Published: Sep 20, 2010 3:14 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 12:14 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Charlotte County Library System is giving the public an opportunity to design its new library cards. The winning designs will be available for patrons to purchase and will include a small card that can be attached to a key chain. The standard library card will continue to be available without charge.

"We've had a lot of people tell us they are willing to pay for a library card", says Library Manager Angie Patteson, "but we are committed to insuring that library service is free and available to all in our community. The contest seemed like a great way to do both things - create a fun card with a great graphic for those who want to pay for it while retaining our standard free card."

Applications, contest rules and Design-A-Card templates are available at all libraries and on the library's web site. Entries are limited to one per person and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 4. Entries will be judged in three age categories. One prize, furnished by the Friends of the Library, will be awarded in each category. Categories and prizes are: children (age 5-12), a Nintendo DS; young adults (age 13-18), an IPod Touch; adults, a Kindle. No specific theme is required; however, the design should convey the importance of the library or reading to Charlotte County. Artwork can be in any medium, such as photography, crayon, watercolor, marker, oil, etc, but should be one-dimensional for printing purposes. A complete set of contest rules is available with the application.

A panel of judges will select the five top entries in each category. Those 15 entries will be displayed on the library web site during January and the public will select the three winners. The winning card designs will be unveiled during National Library Week, April 12-19.

The Charlotte County Library System is a division of the Community Services Department. For more information contact any library, call 941.766.READ (7323) or go to http://www.CharlotteCountyFL.com and Click on Library Pages.