Winged World

Grants Pass, Oregon · 2317 Sales


Winged World

Grants Pass, Oregon 2317 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Vickie Moore

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Vickie Moore

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Turning library cards into art

When I was visiting a local library a few years ago, I noticed obsolete library card catalog cards being used as scratch paper, then tossed into garbage or recycling bins. Somehow it felt wrong to me that these little pieces of history were being tossed away. (As a little girl, I lived one block from a library and spent many a summer day there. I'm quite sure that I read every horse book on the shelves.)

I asked the librarians if I could have some of the cards, and they graciously let me pick some out from a single cardboard box they had in a back room. That was all they had left out of the thousands upon thousands of cards that used to be in the library.

I decided to start painting imagery on the cards inspired by the titles, subjects or authors listed on each card. When I posted some of the painted cards in my Etsy shop, sales took off. In today's fast-paced, digital world, I think people have a real sense of nostalgia for library card catalogs and library cards. Since then, I've shipped library card art to almost every state in America, as well as Canada, Europe and Australia.

I start each library card painting by sifting through my collection — which has now grown to a few thousand cards — and choosing one that inspires me that day. I then research imagery and select something that fits the card. I'm always careful not to paint over important words on the card, such as titles or author names. Sometimes I feel like painting a character on a card for a classic children's book, and sometimes I want to try something new and completely fresh.

Libraries, the way we read books and the world will continue to change, but a good book will always be priceless. My library card art is my way of showing how much I will always love books.

Shop members

  • Vickie Moore

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Library Card Hunter

  • Sydney

    Daughter Of Shop Owner, Shipping Helper, Inventory Manager

    My little daughter Sydney has so much entrepreneurial spirit and loves to help out with my Etsy shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 17, 2017
Welcome to my shop of illustrated library card art!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact the shop owner. Library card art lost or damaged in the mail will be replaced free of charge. I have a more than 99% success rate in packages arriving at their destination in great shape nationally and internationally.
This shop accepts all payment forms offered by Etsy, including credit cards, PayPal and gift cards.
Library card art ships in protective cardboard photo mailers via U.S. Postal Service First Class Mail. Each print is individually wrapped in a clear cellophane art wrapper.

More information

Last updated on Jun 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Wholesale availability

Library card art is available in wholesale discount packages of 20 prints for $100 ($5 per print) with $3 shipping. To buy, select this item and list the 20 prints you would like in the "Note from Buyer" area during checkout: