Monday, May 1, 2017

Art Contest for My First Library Card Begins Today

Local children have an opportunity to build a better library card this summer, thanks to the My First Library Card Art Contest sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library and Canton-Woodstock-Cumming Macaroni Kid.

The contest runs from May 1 to June 30 and is open to children in two age groups: Pre-K through 5th grade and 6th through 12th grade. Entry forms are available online and at the Ask Us desk inside all FCPL branches.

“This year’s summer reading theme is ‘Build a Better World’ and so many of the children’s activities we’ve planned focus on using creativity to solve problems, build models, and create works of art. Inviting young patrons to create My First Library Card designs is such a natural extension of that theme,” explains FCPL Program Manager Laura Bradley.

The summer reading theme is “Build a Better World.” Many library programs for children will focus on using creativity to solve problems or make works of art.

Prizes will be awarded for the winning design in each age group. Pride will also be part of the prize, as the winners see their creations printed on My First Library Cards when the designs are unveiled in August.

“The My First Library Card program offers our younger patrons an opportunity to choose a library card design they will be excited about using to check out books and materials,” says Bradley.

Amie Esposito, publisher of the contest’s co-sponsor, Canton-Woodstock-Cumming Macaroni Kid, supports efforts to encourage children to use the library both for fun and for studying.

“The Macaroni Kid mission is to help parents ‘entertain and exhaust’ their children by sharing fun activities, camps, events, classes, and programs. I believe in the work the library does to support children and families in our community with both fun and educational materials and programs,” says Esposito.

“Giving kids their own library card strengthens their interest in the library and encourages them to keep practicing their literacy skills. Giving them a card for kids that was actually designed by kids – that’s a wonderful way to tell children that they are welcome in the library,” adds Esposito.

For more information on the My First Library Card Art Contest or to apply for a library card, please visit For information on summer activities and programs for families, please visit