The Southern Downs libraries and art galleries have joined together to introduce a new loyalty card.

The project is a collaboration between the SDRC Libraries, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and Warwick Art Gallery. The card aims to raise community awareness about the events and experiences offered by the local cultural organisations.

Library Services Coordinator Samantha Shelbourne and Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine are responsible for the new project.

“Our libraries and galleries offer so much more than borrowing books and looking at exhibitions,” said Devine. “We offer courses and workshops, have merchandise and artwork to purchase and soon we will be introducing a regular speaker program featuring special local guests sharing stories and experiences.”

Shelbourn said that residents could use their cards at any library in the region.

“You might regularly visit your local library at Allora, for example, and come into Warwick for a special event or workshop,” said Shelbourn. “Your loyalty card can be used right across the region. It is my hope that this card will encourage everyone to become frequent visitors to our excellent facilities.”

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Director Mary Findlay agrees that the initiative encourages residents and visitors to enjoy the events and facilities of the region’s libraries and art galleries.

“Our art galleries and libraries offer services and events that are world class,” said Findlay. “There’s never been a better time to become a member, enjoy these services and events, and maybe even win a prize.”

The card is available now from the SDRC libraries and Stanthorpe or Warwick Art Galleries. It is free and participants can start collecting stamps across the whole region immediately.

Library and Gallery staff will stamp cards for the following activities, including when members join and when members attend exhibition, opening, guest speaker event, or other library or museum event. They will also be stamped when a library bag artwork, card, or merchandise is purchased.

The libraries will have a day once a month were visitors will receive a stamp. When all icons on the card have been stamped, participants can write their name and phone number on the back of the card and enter in the monthly prize draw.

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