Library to unveil new card design

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GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Public Library will roll out a new library card on Saturday bearing artwork from a local artist.

Custom-designed by Chris Sickels, the new card features one of the artist’s trademark puppets sitting on a bench in front of a tree house and reading a book.

Each card comes with a companion keyring card of the treehouse puppet flying through the air with the help of a book in each hand.

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The idea for the artist-designed library card came from Cathy Riley, the library’s youth services manager. She had seen an article in a library journal about a Brooklyn library’s card adorned with a picture from Maurice Sendak’s award-winning children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.”

“I loved that idea! I would like to do that for our community,” she said, “and we’ve got the perfect artist for our community.”

Sickels, a great supporter of the library, was happy to volunteer his time and talents. The sculpture he created for the card’s design will be on permanent display at the library beginning Saturday.

Riley assures there are plenty of the new cards for all who want one, even if patrons already have a card.

“Anyone who’s interested,” she said, “can come in and exchange their card for a new design.”

The event is also the kick-off for the library’s winter reading club. More information can be found at hcplibrary.org.