FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga — More than 250 children answered Forsyth County Public Library’s call to build a better library card this summer and two new My First Library Card designs were unveiled at a special storytime event at the Post Road Library.
Samantha Fields was recognized as the My First Library Card art contest winner in the Pre-K to fifth grade division with a paper craft rainbow on a field of bright blue with encouragement for cardholders to read.
Kavya Suryadevara was recognized as the art contest winner in the sixth to 12th grade division with a colored pencil sketch of an Earth-shaped puzzle and words written in a hand-drawn font made of construction tools.
In addition to receiving new library cards featuring their designs, the winners also received complete sets of art supplies from the contest’s sponsor, Canton-Woodstock-Cumming Macaroni Kid.
Aside from teaching children about responsibility, the My First Library Card program also helps young people feel like a welcome part of the community at the library.
“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,” Program Manager Laura Bradley said.
The new My First Library Cards are now available to patrons while supplies last. New patrons receiving their first library cards may choose one of the new My First Library Card designs, or choose the standard library card, at no charge. Current cardholders may also pay $1 to convert their existing library card to a new design.
For more information or to apply for a library card, visit forsythpl.org.