Libraries in Forsyth County are just one of the amenities residents boast about when they live here, proven by helping one of them become the busiest in Georgia, and this summer young readers showed they offer more than books.
More than 250 children submitted their library card designs for the My First Library Card contest this summer. Two of their designs were unveiled on Aug. 26 at a storytime event at the Post Road Library, with each winner receiving new library cards featuring their designs.
“Giving young patrons a card for kids that was actually designed by their peers is a wonderful way to communicate that children and teens are a vital part of our community,” Forsyth County Public Library Program Manager Laura Bradley said.
Samantha Fields was recognized as the art contest winner in the pre-K through fifth grade division with a paper-craft rainbow on a field of blue with encouragement for cardholders to read, and Kavya Suryadevara was chosen as the winner in the grades 6-12 division with a colored pencil sketch of an Earth-shaped puzzle and words written in a hand-drawn font made of construction tools.
The two also received art supply sets from the contest’s sponsor, Canton-Woodstock-Cumming Macaroni Kid.
“Our mission at Macaroni Kid is to give parents tips and information on free or low-cost opportunities for education and entertainment,” said Arnie Esposito, of the group. “I believe the library is a wonderful place to find both of those things, and having a library card of their own is a great way to encourage responsibility – for the card, for the materials borrowed and for keeping their account in good standing – in kids and teens.”
The new card designs are now available to patrons while supplies last, Bradley said. New patrons receiving their first library card may choose one of the contest-winning designs or the standard card all for free.
Current cardholders may pay $1 to switch to a new design.