An Elizabeth Person drawing of the Everett Public Library is one of a handful of library card options. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

An Elizabeth Person drawing of the Everett Public Library is one of a handful of library card options. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

You can pick the library card that catches your eye

Whimsical? Pretty? Artsy? Everett Library patrons can select their card designs.

EVERETT — It’s a chance to own a replica of original art or of cartoon monsters.

Small, yes, but mighty — and totally free.

The Everett Public Library offers patrons more than a utilitarian card to check out materials.

“We unveil new cards every year,” library director Abigail Cooley said.

Even the card that just says “Everett Library” is bold and flashy.

The cards are a way to promote September’s Library Card Sign-up Month, a national observance that was launched in 1987.

Patrons select the design and get the wallet card, plus keyring versions, on the spot.

One new option has work by Everett artist Elizabeth Person. The image is from a watercolor of the main library that Person did last year for retiring director Eileen Simmons.

Other card designs are created by library technician Kevin Duncan​.

Duncan drew the cartoon of monsters and animals that’s a hit with the younger crowd, Cooley said. His art deco design based on a library window grill is a fan favorite from previous years as is the photo of the vintage card catalogue drawers.

Like your old library card? No problem. Sentimental value is respected.​

“Some people have tattered cards and they don’t want to get a new one,” Cooley said.

The September timing of new cards ties in with a new school year and encourages library use.

“It opens up the doors to many opportunities and services. It helps families save money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and learning,” Cooley said.

“In addition to traditional paper books, we also have DVDs and ebooks and downloadable books. We have databases that can be used both for students and adults for lifelong learning. You can watch movies online through our website. You can do genealogy. It’s never-ending the amounts of activities and services.”

People from outside the city can get an Everett Library card.

A Sno-Isle Libraries card also is available for those who don’t live in the district. Sorry, cartoon monsters aren’t an option for those.

“We change the card design periodically, but don’t currently offer design choices to customers,” Sno-Isle Libraries spokesman Jim Hills said. “However, a decision about offering multiple design choices is ‘in the cards’ for 2019.”

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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