Young Artists from Hillsborough Runners-Up in Library Card Contest

Pictured are winners and runners-up in the library card contest. Second from left in bottom row is Joseph Cridge, 7, of Hillsborough; to his left is Guneet Kang, 7, of Hillsborough. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ
Dan Landau was the winner in the adult category. His design received over 350 votes. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ
Youth category winner, Abby Zissman, 12, of Skillman, receiving a certificate of achievement from Jessica Bauer, SCLSNJ youth services librarian. Credits: Courtesy SCLSNJ

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Two elementary school students from Hillsborough were runner-ups in the  Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Library Card Design contest.

The 2 winners and 18 runner-ups were honored at a May 19 reception at the Hillsborough Public  Library.

The Hillsborough runners-up, both seven-years-old, are Joseph Cridge and Guneet Kang.

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 The first place winners in the adult and children’s  categories will have their designs featured on limited edition library cards available in the summer.

 The top 18 runner ups, including Cridge and Kang, will have their artwork featured as special edition bookmarks, to be available at all 10 SCLSNJ locations. Learn more at

The winner in the adult category was Dan Landau of Bridgewater. The youth category winner was Abby Zissman, 12, of Skillman

The competition was launched on March 5 with entries accepted until March 24.

The designs were required to incorporate books and/or reading and consist of original artwork. There were two categories: Children (birth-12) and Teen/Adult (13-adult).

"What better way for artists of all ages and abilities to display their love of reading and libraries than through our Library Card Art Contest?” said Jenna Galley, youth services librarian.

All eligible entries were posted on SCLSNJ’s Facebook page,, for online voting.

The top 10 entries from each category moved on to a second round, where they were voted on by a panel of judges on April 25.

“The Library card art contest is just one more way that SCLSNJ helps community members connect with one another and share their talents,” said Jessica Trujillo, youth services manager.



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