August 2, 2011
THIRD ANNUAL CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY DESIGN CONTEST CELEBRATES ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY
30 finalists to be featured in showcase at Harold Washington Library Center
The 2011 Chicago Public Library Design Contest returns for its third year, this time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Chicago.
Since fall 2001, One Book, One Chicago has sought to foster a culture of reading in Chicago by highlighting the benefits of reading together as a community. Twice annually a book is selected and promoted to all of Chicago. Book discussions take place in over 50 library locations as well as outside locations and several public programs are created to further enrich the experience of reading the book. More information and past One Book, One Chicago titles can be found here: http://bit.ly/r06Sso.
On Monday, August 8, the Chicago Public Library will begin accepting design submissions from local artists who will be challenged to create a special anniversary poster that embodies One Book, One Chicago program. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 11. Artists’ submissions will be hosted on the Chicago Public Library’s Flickr page and Chicagoans will be invited to vote for their favorites between Monday, September 19 and Sunday, September 25.
Thirty finalists will move on to a special event held in the Winter Garden of the Harold Washington Library Center on Tuesday, October 11 where their work will be showcased and the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award Winners will be revealed. The winning design will be featured on outdoor billboards as a part of the Chicago Public Library’s forthcoming ad campaign throughout Chicago.
“The 10th anniversary of One Book, One Chicago is a wonderful opportunity to look back over the past decade, and the 20 titles we’ve celebrated in that time,” said Ruth Lednicer, Director of Marketing for the Chicago Public Library. “We’re asking artists to tell us what the program, or perhaps even just one of the books, has meant to them.”
The design contest judging panel will include Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey, Chicago artist Steve Musgrave and a representative from AIGA Chicago. For more information and updates about the Chicago Public Library Design Contest and special events, please visit chicagopubliclibrary.tumblr.com.
About the Chicago Public Library “Not What You Think” Campaign
The “Not What You Think” Campaign is a three-year-old marketing campaign on behalf of the Chicago Public Library, funded by a generous grant from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, that aims to challenge old perceptions about libraries and highlight the Chicago Public Library’s free and easy resources including free Wi-Fi, DVD and CD downloads and other free digital resources. The 2011 Design Contest is the third annual contest promoting local Chicago artists.