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Reading Public Library and Reading Pride Celebration Launch Pride Library Card Contest

Reading, PA., February 15, 2024 – The Reading Public Library, in collaboration with Reading Pride Celebration, is thrilled to announce the inaugural Pride Library Card Contest. This exciting competition invites local artists and creative minds to submit their original designs for a chance to have their artwork featured on the official limited-edition Pride library card.

Submissions are open from now until April 30, 2024, giving artists the opportunity to craft vibrant and unique designs that celebrate the spirit of pride and inclusivity. To participate, artists must observe the following rules:

  • One entry per person
  • Artwork must include a design of 875” x 2.25” for the card including a 0.125” bleed area. The keychain card would be a smaller copy of the artwork.
  • Make it colorful, be creative, and have fun!
  • All art or graphics used must be created by or owned by the artist.

The winning design will be unveiled on June 1, 2024, during the Pride month kickoff event at the Main branch of the Reading Public Library located at 100 S 5th St in Reading, PA. The winner will not only have the honor of having their design featured on the official Pride library card  but will also receive a $100 gift card.

"We are excited to partner with the Reading Public Library for the Pride Library Card Contest, an initiative that celebrates diversity, creativity, and the spirit of inclusivity,” said Enrique Castro, Jr., Executive Director of Reading Pride Celebration. “This competition not only provides a platform for local artists to showcase their talent but also allows us to visually represent the values of the LGBTQ+ community on an official library card."

“Reading Pride Celebration is a positive force in the City of Reading and we are honored to partner with them in hosting the Pride Library Card Contest,” said Jennifer Bressler, Assistant Director of the Reading Public Library. “We have an amazing wealth of talented individuals in our community representing a vibrant array of cultures and identities; I’m excited to be a part of the celebration.”

The general public will have the chance to exchange their existing library cards for the limited edition Pride Card during the month of June 2024. Newly enrolled library card holders can also request the Pride card to showcase their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

For more information and to submit entries, please visit www.ReadingpublicLibrary  or