Meet the Library Logo winner!

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Library Logo contest winner Josh Schneider with the winning entry.

Meet the winner of the contest to design a new logo for  the Monmouth County Library! The colorful new symbol was designed by Josh Schneider of Ocean Township, who was 22 when he entered the contest.

The logo represents the bloom of knowledge fostered by libraries. Schneider said the four color panels at the bottom of the design form an "M" and the green panels represent an idea blossoming from the pages of a book.

"I wanted a fresh, abstract approach for the logo," said Schneider, who said he grew up reading books from both the Ocean Township and Eastern Branch libraries.

"My parents weren't big on television, so on a long holiday weekend we'd drive to the Eastern Branch (in Shrewsbury) and stock up on books and magazines," Schneider said. "I remember looking forward to hunkering down with a stack of books to read!"

Schneider was one of more than 100 entrants in the Library Logo Contest, which began on June 1, 2011 and ran until February 1, 2012. He will receive a $500 prize from the Friends of the Monmouth County Library.

The logo can be found on top of the Library's revamped webpage!