The board of the Friends of the LaGrange Library officially recognized the winner of the library system’s logo design contest, at their meeting on Jan. 15th.
Over two dozen entries were submitted by students in Troup and Harris Counties. Rushton Dobbins, a 16-year-old home- schooled student with the West Georgia Home School Association, created a design that both the Friends board and the regional board of trustees believe best represents the library’s core values of community, empowerment, and literacy.
Dobbins created the design while working on an origami project for his geometry studies.
“The four vertical parallelograms can represent either books or rooftops,” he stated in his entry. “As books they stand for literacy, learning and access to knowledge. As rooftops the shapes stand for community.”
Looking deeper into the design, one may see an anthropomorphic element.
“The negative spaces that make the spines of the books form two people with their arms raised,” Dobbins said. “They are celebrating the empowerment that comes from learning.”
For his effort, the Friends rewarded Mr. Dobbins with a $500 scholarship prize, to be used to purchase books, technology, or other educational supplies. He plans to become a dentist, and has already engaged in dentistry missions out of the country, and currently interns as a dental assistant.
Brenda Thomas, president of the LaGrange Friends of the Library Board, spoke to the importance of the contest.
“Every organization needs brand recognition. What impressed us most was not only the way our values were incorporated, but the versatility of the design, despite being simply and catchy.”
The design functions well as black and white and in color. The library may change these colors to represent special events or holidays, but working through base colors one color worked best, according to Director Keith Schuermann. “It looks like our ‘library blue’ will turn green. This is a time of growth for our system, so green makes sense. And we are, after all, a PINES library,” he stated, referring to the statewide consortium wherein patrons have access to over 10 million items via interlibrary loan.