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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two Orders of Painting Envy, Coming Up!

Wowser! Check out the amazing paintings created for the children's room at the St. Angelo Public Library in Cumberland. The library hired local artist Jeff Hile to create the murals as a way to honor the life of Katherine Robinson, the well-loved library director at Cumberland from 1939-1975.

According to Lori Bock, the current library director, Jeff has turned the library (already amazing) into a "destination that is not to be missed!" The paintings are so lifelike, people keep asking how the artist stuck the butterflies to the wall, and have to spend quite a bit of time looking close-up to realize that they are part of the painting.

Way to go! It's nice to have something to celebrate.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Future of Summer Library Programs

No, this isn't a philosophical, futuristic essay, or a call to action lest Summer Library Programs be cut (though I'm sure we could have a blog post about that some day, too). It's a heads-up about the themes chosen by the Collaborative Summer Library Program group for 2012, 2013 and 2014. I know you are madly finishing planning for 2011, but just in case you like to keep your ear to the ground for ideas in the future, here's the latest information. 2012 Theme and Slogans(this is old news, but I had forgotten it): General theme: Night time Kids: Dream Big--Read Teens: Own the Night Adults: Between the Covers 2013 Theme and Slogans (slogans just decided last week!) General Theme: Underground Kids: Dig into Reading Teens: Beneath the Surface Adults: Groundbreaking Reads 2014 Theme (slogans to be determined next year): General theme (to be fleshed out more, I assume): Science