Oconee County Library patron wins statewide library card design contest

pines cardAthens Regional Library System and Georgia Public Library System congratulate the winner of the PINES 20th anniversary library card design contest, Oconee County Library patron Megan Weatherford.

Megan's design is made from her son Beau’s handprint in finger paint. She chose hands because "they say so much about the service PINES provides each and every day to our community. Hands hold books. Hands do research. Hands guide and teach. Hands help others. Hands hold a community together. Most of all, for my son and I, hands say THANK YOU!" megan weatherford and rebecca ballard

She shared that as a new mother, she brought her baby to infant storytime led by Oconee County Library’s Children’s Librarian Rebecca Ballard. "At every event we attend, Rebecca creates the most magical and accepting environment. Not only has my son had the opportunity to hear songs and stories and to socialize with other children, I have had the chance to grow and be pulled out of my shell as a new mother," Megan wrote.

“We couldn’t be more delighted that the winner is one of our local patrons,” said Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell. “Megan’s story is just one example of how libraries impact people’s lives. Whether serving as an outlet for new parents venturing out with their babies for the first time or providing resources to help an entrepreneur start a business, a library offers powerful tools to benefit everyone in our communities.” 

“It is so lovely to hear how the library is touching people’s lives. Ms. Rebecca and all Oconee library staff go above and beyond to create a warm, welcoming environment for all. This is why we do what we do, and we are pleased that Megan chose to share her story with PINES,” Oconee County Library Branch Manager Cara Karnes added.

The limited edition card will be available across the 53 PINES library systems (including 300 branches across Georgia) in 6-8 weeks. 

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Georgia Public Information Network for Electronic Services, or PINES. PINES creates a statewide borderless library that eliminates geographic and socio-economic barriers. Nearly two million Georgians have PINES library cards.