RACINE — Library cards have gotten a bit more colorful, thanks to a recent art contest fueled by submitted artwork.
Several months ago, the Racine Public Library was running out of its stock of library cards. Julia Heiser, marketing assistant at the library, was given the task of designing new cards.
“I thought to myself, the library belongs to its community,” Heiser said. “The library card is the key to accessing this great resource. Our patrons should design their own card.”
Heiser created the “We Want Color” call for art contest, asking the community to submit art designs that could be used on the library’s new cards. The library received about 15 to 20 submissions.
Of the submissions, library staff picked six favorites and opened voting up to the public through a Facebook poll, newsletter and paper ballots at the library.
During the two-week voting period, nearly 3,000 votes were cast, and the top two vote-getters were chosen as the winners.
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The top two designs were created by Caledonia resident and artist Vikki “Lee” Snyder and Robin Brown, a graphic artist from Milwaukee.
On the last day of the contest, Snyder decided to enter three images. Her colorful digitally created image of the view of Lake Michigan from the library’s second floor was chosen.
“As an artist, I am so honored,” Snyder said. “To have my artwork on a library card is pretty exciting.”
The other winner, Brown thought entering the contest seemed like a fun idea and decided to submit an image. Her image, a chalk-themed word art piece, was created on her laptop.
“I am very excited,” Brown said. “I used to work in a library, so it’s nice to see my art on a library card.”
On Thursday afternoon, Snyder and Brown were the first to be given a library card with an image of their artwork.
Library patrons may pay $1 and replace their card with one of the new designs. Those registering for a new card may choose between the two brand new designs.
“RPL is absolutely thrilled to have these two new beautiful designs as our library cards,” Heiser said.
The Racine Public Library “is absolutely thrilled to have these two new beautiful designs as our library cards.” Julia Heiser, marketing assistant at the Racine Public Library
The Racine Public Library "is absolutely thrilled to have these two new beautiful designs as our library cards."
— Julia Heiser, marketing assistant at the Racine Public Library