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Top Author Designs Worcestershire's New Children's Library Card

Children aged up to 12 years will soon be able to get their hands on a brand new children's library card from libraries across the county thanks to Worcestershire County Councils Libraries and Learning Service.

The new library card has been designed by Liz Pichon, one of the UK's rising stars in children's literature and recently awarded winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2012 for Best Fiction for 5-12s. Author of the popular Tom Gates book series, Liz has included characters from the books in her design for Worcestershire's children's library card.

This exciting launch will take place early next month at libraries and schools across the county as part of a day of celebrations on World Book Day, Thursday 7 March. As libraries and school across the county prepare to celebrate their favourite authors and characters, they will also be some of the lucky first to receive their children's library card designed by Liz.

Liz has produced a video clip which will be screened during the day of celebrations, so the children can learn about her ideas and design behind the illustrations for the new card. The video will also be available on the Libraries and Learning website - www.worcestershire.gov.uk/librariesandlearning.

Ruth Foster, Literacy and Reading Manager at Worcestershire County Council said "We are delighted to be launching a library card specifically for children and are very lucky to have such a popular children's author design the card for us. Liz has created a fantastic illustration for the card and being able to launch the card when the whole county is celebrating their love for books will make the World Book Day extra special this year."