Art-tastic: Children’s library card design competition launched

ID: Drawing of children surrounding a tile that reads 'Our Year: Our Card'

Illustration by Ian Morris

Read Manchester and Manchester Libraries have collaborated to launch an exciting new opportunity for children and young people to redesign the city’s library cards for its younger readers.

The Our Year: Our Card competition is aimed at budding illustrators and library lovers aged between 5-16. The scheme was launched on Wednesday 16 February at Central Library with local children's illustrator Ian Morris and will close on the 29 April.  

Children and young people are encouraged to base their drawings and designs around the central question of ‘what does a library mean to you?’ From their favourite book characters, to reading with families, to escapism, Manchester City Council want to know what children and young people associate with libraries and reading.  

Through their designs children are being asked to channel their inner creativity and let their imaginations run wild- the more imaginative and colourful the better!

Submissions will be judged in three age categories: 5-8; 9-11; 12-16. A winner will be selected from each age category by illustrator Ian Morris and an esteemed panel of judges.  

The children and young people who win the competition will have their design made into a poster. Winners will also receive a £40 voucher to spend on art supplies, which has been kindly donated by Northern-Quarter based art shop, Fred Aldous.  

The Our Card: Our Year competition closes on the 29 April and designs can be submitted in person to any Manchester Library, by post or by email.  

Post: Competitions, Gorton Library, Garratt Way, Manchester, M18 8HE. Email/scan to: from a parent/carer email address.  

Download the flyer and find our more information please visit: Flyers with more information can be picked up from Manchester libraries.

 Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: 

“The design competition is the perfect embodiment of the Our Year philosophy, young people are being put in the limelight and able to redesign and recreate things that they will use.  

“This is a really exciting and fun competition for children to get involved in designing their own library cards. I am intrigued to see all the colourful and wonderful designs that the children think of. We hope to see loads of children and young people get involved and have fun showing us their ideas!”. 

The competition has been launched as part of the council's '2022 Our Year ' campaign to create a fantastic year of opportunity for Manchester's children and young people, to help make up for all the time they've spent in lockdown and away from school and their friends during the pandemic of the last two years.

Throughout this year the council wants the city to look at itself through the eyes of its young residents, putting children and young people's needs at the forefront of planning across every sphere of city life.  It is asking businesses, cultural organisations, leisure providers, shops, transport operators, and others - to get behind the city's children and young people and think what they could do differently to help them be happy and healthy, and to have the kind of opportunities and experiences they need and deserve so they can reclaim their futures and succeed in life.    

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