Friday, February 20, 2009 expression of what is beautiful

Honestly, this has been the coolest week ever. Back at the beginning of the school year I began working with our district art teachers in planning for our second annual student art show. In celebration of National Art Month, the library was the proud host for this auspicious event. And this year we were even luckier in that the student awards presentations also took place at the library.

Over the last three nights the library welcomed nearly 800 moms, dads, kids, teenagers, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, friends, to view the creations of the talented young people who live in our community. Punch and cookies were served. Students posed proudly with their artwork as parents captured the jubilant moment with a flash of the camera. The press was there covering what would the next day become a front page story.

This was indeed news - a celebration of education, talent, teachers, families, the importance of the public library in the life of a community. I'm humbled and honored to have had a part in bringing this all together. Just looking over the crowd...students posing for a picture with their favorite teacher, parents after a long work day making sure to be there, with their kids. And I'll bet that for most it was the best part of their day, their week. I know it was for me.

Despite the news we're constantly being inundated with, there are so many good things happening in our lives, our communities. There are so many causes to celebrate. This week we celebrate the students in our town. This is news. This is the headline.

800 people coming out to the public library on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday night. Brutal winter weather. Icy roads. Long work days. Busy lives. But never too busy to pass up a moment to applaud our children, our teachers...the artistic masterpiece of life. I write this early in the morning while listening to Pachelbel's Cannon in D. I'm just feeling so blessed, so proud to do what I do. What a moment, what a week.


"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Pablo Picasso
p.s...the student artwork is on display at Wauconda Area Library through March 6. come on out, grab a cup of coffee, and take in the art. it'll make you smile.


  1. Ahhh.. it sounds great! Can't wait to check it out. Chase has been asking to get some new books at the library, but I am trying to not spread around the ickies... Once we are all better, I will go take a look. It is sure inspiring to see the community back it's young artists. I love our little library and our community. It is a special place for sure. You should be proud!!

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