Manchester Libraries are looking to select a winning design for a new jute bag for users of the library.
Carrying lots of books can be awkward for avid readers and when you borrow and return books regularly it is good to have something to carry them in.
Plastic carrier bags are an increasing menace to the environment and it is estimated that the average British shopper uses 167 plastic carriers a year.
Manchester Libraries want to produce a run of inexpensive, eco-friendly jute book bags, but they must be stylish. Enter a design competition and help Manchester Libraries to make the bags this year's must-have.
The design must touch on the theme of libraries or books, but other than meeting the technical requirements detailed on the competition entry form, what you do is up to you. The winning artist will win book tokens to the value of £50.
When considering your design it's best to feature strong lines or shapes, rather than fine detail, which may be lost when printed onto a rough surface. You can only use one colour. The bag printable area is 180mm x 220mm, so keeping your design within the box on the entry form will ensure it's the right size. Manchester Libraries can also accept certain digital formats. Details on the entry form.
Councillor Mike Kane, Executive Member for Arts and Culture, said: "Manchester is working across all departments to raise awareness of the ways we can minimse our impact on the environment. Libraries are also concerned about how they can make a difference. Enter the competition and you could find your winning design on bags of books across the city."
To find out more visit Book Bag design competition
Margaret Blackburn, tel 0161 234 4014