Patrons Design Library Cards for San Francisco Public Library
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San Francisco Public Library announced the five winners of its Library Card Design Contest on November 8. The library received more than 3,500 submissions between September 4 and October 5, which were then winnowed down by a panel of guest judges on October 12. The panel consisted of author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), author and illustrator Ashley Wolff, artist Sirron Norris, and city librarian Luis Herrera; the four judges selected 10 finalists in each of the following categories: 2nd grade and under; 3rd–5th grade; middle school; high school; and adult. The public was then invited to vote online until October 28 for their favorite designs. The contest was part of ImproveSF, a program that generates opportunities for the city and its residents to work together via online community challenges that are then voted on by the public. The five winning designs will be featured on new San Francisco library cards issued in 2013.