March 16, 2018

Library Card Design Contest Winners Announced by San Francisco PL

The San Francisco Public Library has announced the winners of its Library Card Design Contest organized by ImproveSF, a citywide program designed to help the local government to work directly with its citizens on different projects. Five winning designs—one from each of five age/grade categories—were ultimately selected from a field of 3,500 entries submitted in September and October. A panel of judges initially winnowed the field to 10 finalists in each age group; the public then selected the winners by voting at

“It was great to see such an amazing array of wonderful artwork from all ages, created by our extremely talented community,” City Librarian Luis Herrera said in a release. “We can’t wait to see these designs gracing our library cards next year for San Franciscans to choose from.”

These five winning designs will be featured on new San Francisco library cards issued in 2013:


Second Grade and UnderSecond Grade and Under Winner: Abigail Cheng, Hamlin School

Title:  Imagine the Possibilities

Description: “I am a 2nd grader who loves to read all types of books. I thought about how reading affects me. When I read, I am able to imagine myself in the stories that have been created. I feel all sorts of emotions through reading – happiness, sadness, anxiousness, etc. I am able to imagine all sorts of possibilities for myself through these different writings. Reading builds my imagination. Being free to imagine gives me the power to believe in myself and what I am able to achieve.”


Third through Fifth GradeThird through Fifth Grade Winner: Amelia Fortgang, Marin Country Day School

Title:  Penguins Love Books Too

Description: “My drawing shows books can be quite funny and penguins can be too. I think this design should be a library card because people who like floppy penguins and like to read books will enjoy this card.”


Middle SchoolMiddle School Winner: Maya Winshell, Live Oak School

Title:  Living Guide to Butterflies

Description:  “It’s a representation of how books bring stories to life.”



High SchoolHigh School Winner: Lori Chinn, Lowell High School

Title:  Ray of Sunshine

Description:  “Reading makes me happy. Whatever I’m feeling, opening a book can make that day even better. Just like a sunny day in San Francisco.”



Adult winnerAdult Winner: Jonathan Silence

Title:  Storyteller

Description:  “The Light of the World. The watercolor submission simply wants to convey a feeling. It’s inspired by a close friend and writer from the bay area.”

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