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HMCPL launches new library card designed by local teen

Release date:
Thursday, May 21, 2009

If you're looking for a library card that reflects your fun personality as well as your love for books, look no further than the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's 2009 Teen Library Card. The new limited edition card features a hip collage design, created by 13 year old Aubrey Gonzalez of Harvest, AL. In the design, Aubrey used images of books from magazines and photos to spell out the word "READ" on a simple black background.

Aubrey's entry was selected in October 2008 as the winner of the HMCPL's first annual Teen Library Card Design Contest. The library plans to make the contest an annual event, and will release the new design each summer in conjunction with the library's summer reading program. "Winning this contest means A LOT to me," Aubrey said. "I go to the library quite often, and I've always been disappointed that there's never been a teen card. Many people will enjoy the new card because the other two styles are the cutesy worm [for young kids] and the mottled brown stack of books. Something new and exciting [like this card] is great for teens like me!"

The new Teen Library Card was originally geared for teens in the Huntsville-Madison County area, but will be available to library patrons of any age. For patrons receiving their first library card, the new card is free, but existing patrons wanting the new card must pay a $2 card replacement fee. The new cards will be offered at all locations of the HMCPL beginning June 1, 2009.