Astoria Public Library is holding an art contest to find 5 new library card designs that illustrate the theme "Astoria Reads in the 21st Century". 

 From now until May 24, Astoria Public Library invites community members of all ages to submit their original drawings, paintings, graphic designs, and photographs for consideration.  

 After the May 24 submission deadline, a panel of community members will vote on winning library card designs from four age categories: 5th grade and younger, middle school, high school, and adult.  The public will have the opportunity to choose the fifth design by voting online or at the library.  The five winning designs will be featured on new Astoria Public Library cards available this summer.

All Clatsop County residents may enter this free contest.

Each person may enter 1 design.  Each design must be original and not published elsewhere.

Designs should be inspired by the phrase: "Astoria Reads in the 21st Century".  Designs might include, but are not limited to, the following themes: library renovation, literacy outreach, Summer Reading including Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM), and iconic Astoria.  Be creative and have fun!

The artist's name will appear on the back of printed cards.  Please do not include your name in your artwork.

Photos must be high resolution and may not contain recognizable people, logos, or trademarks.

For mediums besides photography, use the template available at the library and library website.

Submitted artwork becomes property of Astoria Public Library.

Winning artwork might be modified to meet print requirements.

Judging will be done by a panel of community members, which will select one design from each age category: grade 5 and younger, middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), and adult (18 and older).

The public will choose a 5th design out of the remaining eligible submissions.  Public votes may be submitted by ballot at the library or online.

Winners' names may appear in newspapers, on the Astoria Public Library website, and in other communications.

Submit designs with a completed entry form in person or by mail to Astoria Public Library, 450 10th Street, Astoria 97103.  Submit digital photographs and graphic designs by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


More information on the contest is available at this link

You'll find the design template at this link


The Astoria Public Library is a department of the City of Astoria, providing tax-supported services to all residents living within the city boundaries.  Guided by the mission statement "Explore ideas, engage minds, excite imagination", the Astoria Public Library is an active and responsive part of the community.  For more information about Library Card Art Challenge and other library programs and services, contact library staff at 503-325-7323 , or visit the Astoria Public Library at this link

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