Saturday, February 20, 2010

School Library Makeover!

What a glorious day! I went down with some of the members of Studio Five, my art group to help paint an elementary school library. Before it was like a gulag of reading, grey walls with a "tasteful" cadet blue stripe. But this is an elementary school, not the insides of a submarine. We went in with no fear of color and painted the walls a butter yellow with an orange stripe and a red pillar. It's amazing what can happen when everyone pitches in. A family got us a deal on the paint. Lulu's, a local restaurant, donated a yummy supply of breakfast treats. Seeing all the parents work with their kids to make the library a better place was a complete joy.

J. H. Everett designed the mural that wraps around the room. Here's part of it. 

I'll post more picts as the mural gets completed. I took in my gold leaf supplies and did Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket. Let's get those kids reading, shall we?

What good things are happening in your neighborhood? Do you have a good library to go to?



Many hands make light work.


Books to the ceiling,

Books to the sky,

My pile of books is a mile high.

How I love them! How I need them!

I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.


Arnold Lobel



  1. What a change ! I love seeing all the parents involved! The kids are going to love it and feel loved by all the adults that made it happen!

  2. Theresa Clarkson-FarrellFebruary 22, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    This wonderful. Its so great that you were able to get the kids and their families invovled. Its going to add the reading enviroment for years to come.HOpe this inspires other communities.

  3. Marilyn, this is just fantabulous! LOVE the mural! Looks like you all had so much fun and what a difference!

    Oh, I've got a golden ticket...I've got a golden ticket...