BRANDON – Library patrons are being urged to “Take Flat Andy with you!” for a chance to win a $100 or $500 prize.
During this year, the 100th anniversary of the first Hillsborough County public library and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jeff Brown’s first Flat Stanley book, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System is sponsoring a Flat Andy photo contest open to all library cardholders.
There are two kinds of Flat Andy cutouts, one for ages 18 and older and another for ages 17 and younger. Participants will photograph Flat Andy at public libraries around the world or mail the doll to friends or relatives who can photograph it at their public libraries.
Flat Andy represents Andrew Carnegie, who funded the building of 1,679 public libraries in the United States around the turn of the last century. Each facility has formal front steps, signifying steps to higher learning, and a lamppost, symbolizing the illumination education brings.
Carnegie started his evolution from poor immigrant to millionaire because of a generous individual who allowed him to borrow from his collection of books without cost. Since reading gave Carnegie the education he needed to climb out of poverty, he could imagine no greater contribution to the public good than creating free libraries to benefit anyone motivated to use them to better themselves.
A $500 prize will go to one youth and one adult entrant selected randomly from all eligible entries in the Flat Andy photo contest.
Photos of Flat Andy in front of any Carnegie library will be eligible for a second random drawing with a $100 prize for one adult and one youth winner.
Another $100 prize for one adult and one youth will be awarded after a random drawing from among photos of Flat Andy visiting a public library the farthest away from Tampa’s only Carnegie library, the West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W. Union Street.
Winners will be declared Nov. 25.
Register online and apply for a free library card at www.hcplc.org.
Pick up Flat Andy at any Hillsborough County public library or visit www.hcplc.org, print and cut out an adult or youth version, photograph it in front of any public library anywhere in the world and then by Oct. 1, take the prints to any Hillsborough County public library or email the pictures to FlatAndy@hillsboroughcounty.org.
Entries must include contestants’ first and last names, name and location of the library depicted in the photo, a note about whether or not it is a Carnegie library and the email address used during registration.
For more information, call (813) 273-3652.
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