Last spring, a happy coincidence linked my job with volunteer work I have been doing at my local elementary school. This week, that connection has led to some exciting new additions to the youth services area at the library.
In May, when I inquired about unused display strips in the youth services area, I was told of a desire to showcase local children’s art. Then, the light bulb went on! You see, I spent the last school year volunteering regularly in the Manning Elementary Art Room where parents help prep for projects, clean-up, sort materials, and mount artwork for display around the school. It is volunteer work that I planned on extending into this year. After recognizing the potential for synergy and knowing how excited my own kids have been to see their works of art displayed, I got the green light from both the library and Mrs. Graham, CUSD 201’s amazing elementary school art teacher, to bring student artwork to the WPL. Now that school is in session and students are hard at work completing beautiful artwork, we have our first set of paintings on display!
The first 37 colorful pieces, based on the works of Henri Matisse, are depictions of fall trees created by Manning Elementary first grade students. We anticipate being able to rotate the collection every 4-6 weeks to showcase a variety of works from both Manning and Miller Elementary students. So, the next time you come to the library, be sure to stop by Youth Services to see the children’s creations …and don’t forget to thank Mrs. Graham and the students for their efforts!