Young artists asked to design library cards

Young artists asked to design library cards The South Dakota State Library and South Dakota Arts Council are looking for some talented young artists to submit drawings of what libraries and reading mean to them. The winning entry will be used as the image on the front of the State Library's new library cards.

Given the fact that State Library cards are used by citizens statewide, this contest presents an opportunity for a student's artwork to be seen by people all across the state. The contest is open to South Dakota students in grades K-5. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 15.

Students should submit artwork that shows what libraries or reading means to them. Students can draw themselves reading, show what they do when they're at the library, or they can show how people read in different ways. Drawings should include the depiction of at least one person involved in a library or reading related activity.

Artwork becomes the property of the South Dakota State Library to use at its discretion for library promotion and activities. The overall award winner will have his/her artwork featured on the front of the new State Library cards. Grade level awards will also be given. Students should submit their unframed 8 1/2"x11" artwork and include their name, return address, and an indication of the artistic medium used on back of the artwork. The artwork should be sent to South Dakota State Library, c/o Pamela Chamberlain, children's services coordinator, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501. All entries must be postmarked by Nov. 15. to be considered for participation.

Before submitting artwork, contact your local public library or the South Dakota State Library for Kids' Create! contest guidelines.

South Dakotans without local libraries may request books and other library services directly from the State Library by calling 1-800-423-6665, by logging on to, or by mail at State Library, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501.

The South Dakota State Library provides free library services to all South Dakotans, either through their local library or directly. Alternative formats (such as Braille and audio) are also available.

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