By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – The clock is ticking for artists and graphic designers to turn in their vision of a brand for the Friends of the Morinville Public Library. The volunteer fundraising group, who have bought everything from books to computers for the library, are looking for a logo and offering up an 8 GB iPod Nano Touch to the winner.
Friend April Heppleston said the group does not currently have an identifying logo and felt it was time they did. “We’re going to brand the Friends to make it identifiable and to help people identify when something is a Friends’ project, Friends’ initiative or funded by the Friends,” she said. “The Friends have purchased numerous items for the library and we need to identify those items.”
The group of eight library patrons and enthusiasts assist the Morinville Public Library in providing high quality library services by gathering funds and purchasing materials and equipment the library needs. They also assist the library with events, programs and projects. Over the past decade the Friends have raised more than $300,000 for the library.
Heppleston said the potential logo should reflect the purpose of the Friends of the Morinville Public Library. The contest is open to residents of Morinville and Sturgeon County or Morinville library card holders. Although all ages are welcome, those under the age of 18 will need their entry signed by a parent or guardian. Art work may be in colour or black and white and crafted in any medium that is clear and concise. The design must fill a six inch by eight inch area. Entries must be submitted to the library by 6 p.m. June 3. The winning entry will be revealed June 15. For more information, contact the Morinville Public Library at 780-939-3292.
New logo = new members
Heppleston said one of the reasons for the logo and branding initiative is to further promote the group in the hopes of attracting new members. Currently several library staff members are also members of the Friends, but Heppleston said the door is open to volunteers who have a little or a lot of time to give to helping the library.
That help to the library has been plentiful over the years. The group provided more than $1,140 worth of books for the summer reading program last year, created the library’s teen corner, updated and increased the library’s collection of CDs, DVDs and educational games, purchased licenses so the library could hold movie nights and purchased Sony and Kobo E-book readers.
“We would like to attract more friends,” Heppleston said. “We really do want more friends.”
Participation in the group can take a variety of forms from sitting on the group’s executive to helping out with fundraisers like the annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Parish Hall.
“People can decide their level of commitment on the friends,” Heppleston said, adding the group is always looking for new blood and new ideas on fundraising.
A brochure on the group is available from the Morinville Public Library.