Library Card Design Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our first-ever Library Card Design Contest!
The following six designs were selected amongst hundreds of creative and diverse designs:
Branch libraries received a total of 544 designs and of those, 72 were considered as finalists in the categories of Children, Teens, and Adults. Over ten thousand public votes helped determine the Public Choice Award for each category. The Judges' Choice Award determined another three winners, one from each category.
We will be working to produce the new cards and will soon provide more information about the timeline for making them available to the public. Again, thank you all for your support in helping make our first-ever Library Card Design Contest possible!
To thank you for your support, we'd like to extend an invitation to our special Public Reception on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library where the winners and the finalists will all receive a certificate of recognition by San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Selected winning designs will receive prizes according to the category in the following amounts. All prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
(up to age 12)
(18* and above)
Selection Process & Judging
Each local San José Public Library will select a design in each category (children, teen, adult) from the submissions received at that library branch to move on to the finalist round. Entry into the different categories will be determined by the age of the applicant at the time of submission. Finalists will be selected at the staff’s discretion. If the submissions received in a category are not deemed suitable, the local library may choose to not select a finalist.
A panel of San José celebrity judges will select a design in each category from among the finalists to turn into a library card. In addition, the public will be able to vote from among the finalists, to select a crowd favorite in each category to turn into a library card. In the event that the crowd favorite is the same as the celebrity panel’s choice, a runner up will be selected.
The judges include the following:
- Sam Liccardo
Mayor, City of San José
- Jill Bourne
City Librarian, San José Public Library
- Tracy Elliott
LibraryDean, San José State University
- Sal Pizarro
Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
- Gary Singh
Columnist, The Metro Newspaper
- Daniel Garcia
The Cultivator of Content Magazine
- Susan Krane
Director, San Jose Museum of Art
- Demone Carter
Share your design or explore designs on social media using #408Creates:
Rules & How to Enter
- Download a Contest Entry Packet (PDF, 345KB) or pick up a packet at your local library. Please print the packet one sided on letter size paper (8.5 x 11). You may recreate the template on your home computer, but you must keep the dimensions the same and include all the requested information. Create a drawing or design celebrating San José and/or literacy using the provided template.
- Each submission must be the creative and original work of a single individual (no copies of cartoons or artwork created by other people).
- Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art).
- The San José Public Library and the San José Office of Cultural Affairs reserves the right to reproduce your work.
- Be sure to print and sign the Photo/Creative Works Release Form, included in the entry packet, and submit with your design. Include your Name, Age, Contact Information, and Library Branch on the Template Entry Form.
- Entries must be submitted to your neighborhood San José Public Library location no later than Saturday, July 30, 2016, 6 PM. Only complete entries, including the Photo/Creative Works Release Form and design template will be reviewed.
- Online submissions are not accepted.
- There is a limit of one entry per contestant.
- San José Public Library and City of San José Office of Culture Affairs employees are not eligible to participate.
- Submissions not selected will be available for pick-up at branch libraries until September 17, 2016. Submissions not picked up will be recycled.