OPL offers new card designs | New

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa Public Library is delighted to announce that newly designed library cards are available for patrons.

Like Thursday, customers have a choice of three designs when signing up for a new library card. Current library card holders can also upgrade their account to one of the new cards.

The cards were designed by two residents of Ottumwa and were chosen as the winners after the summer reading program ended in August. Nicki Wyldes’ work was selected for the adult competition and Charles Smith’s work was selected for the children’s competition.

“The library card design contest over the summer was so much fun for customers and staff. We had some wonderful submissions and it was a tough decision for all of us. We are very grateful for the enthusiasm for the library shown in all entries,” said Library Manager Sonja Ferrell.

It’s the library’s 120th anniversary this month and we thought some new library cards would be a great way to celebrate. September is also the National Library card registration month.

“A library card offers unlimited possibilities to broaden one’s horizons. We invite you to come register and see all we have to offer at the Ottumwa Public Library,” Ferrell said.

New customers can choose from three card designs and current customers can get a new card for free with a picture taken for their account. The library is now adding photos to keep with each account to help protect library cardholders and make it easier to pay if they don’t have their card or ID on hand when they want to pay.

To open a new library card account, patrons must be at least 5 years old (with a parent/guardian up to 13), present photo ID and proof of current address.

Mika R. Pyle