Oakland Public Library Announces Winners of Limited-Edition Library Card Contest

Winning designs celebrate African Americans and their significant contributions to the arts in Oakland.

OAKLAND, CA – February 8, 2023

Media Contact: Tarshel Beards, tbeards@oaklandlibrary.org

The Oakland Public Library is thrilled to announce the winners of the highly anticipated Limited Edition Library Card Contest, specially created to celebrate African Americans and their significant contributions to the arts in Oakland. There were over 100 designs submitted and 39 chosen as finalists.

After careful deliberation, the panel of judges has selected nine designs with three winners in each category: children, teens, and adults. The winning designs capture the essence of Black artistry, culture, and history, reflecting the vibrant spirit of Oakland.

The limited-edition library cards featuring these winning designs will officially launch during Black History Month in 2024 and will be available at all Oakland Public Library branches. A reception and exhibit to honor the nine winners is also being planned for Black History Month.

The Oakland Public Library extends its sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the contest, showcasing the immense talent and creativity within the community. To celebrate the artists OPL will hold a reception and exhibition of the winning designs on February 3, 2024 from 2 p.m-4 p.m. at the Dimond branch. 3565 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland Ca. 

Oakland Public Library also appreciates the efforts of the esteemed panel of judges who dedicated their time to selecting the winning designs.

The winning designs can be viewed online: oaklandlibrary.org/artcontest/winners

For further information about the contest, limited edition library cards or the upcoming launch event, please contact: Tarshel Beards at tbeards@oaklandlibrary.org.



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