Library Column for September 19, 2018

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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present 321 Art Studio’s Arthur Zar’s Amazing Zebras, a free program being offered for ages preschool-adult TODAY, Wednesday, September 19th at 3pm. Join us as author, Amy Lucas-Peroceski discusses her book writing and illustration process. Hunt for hidden letters in zebra stripes. The second part of the program will feature how to draw a zebra on 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. Painting the Zebra with Water Miscible Oil Pastels will be demonstrated by the artists. Preschoolers will paint with water soluble oil pastels, while others can enhance their zebra by adding background to the picture. Questions will be answered regarding art project materials and the book writing and illustration process. Participants are sure to enjoy this multi-faceted event. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The weather is getting cooler and that means the holidays are just around the corner and if you like to make gifts for loved ones, now is the time to get started if you haven’t already.  Or maybe you just like creating for yourself. Whatever your artistic style the library has some beautiful books to encourage and motivate the artist in us all.  Wood workers will be fascinated by Finishing Wood a Taunton Press guide by the editors of “Fine Woodworking” magazine. It provides guidance for preparing the wood and applying the finishes to coloring wood and spraying on wood finishes.

Fabric can be a beautiful and practical medium and Small Art Quilts: explorations in paint and stitch by Deborah O’Hare is gorgeous with incredibly detailed and embellished quilts for any home.

More traditional art with modern twists can be found in Contemporary Landscapes in Mixed Media by Soraya French, Everyday Watercolor: learn to paint watercolor in 30 days by Jenna Rainey and Modern Calligraphy Workshop: the creative art of pen, brush and chalk lettering by Imogen Owen.

Those looking for support and motivation to keep trying should take a look at Draw Stronger by Kriota Willberg or Creative Struggle by Gavin Aung Than.

Kids might find a gift idea or just have fun creating using either Travel through Time with Cardboard and Duct Tape by Leslie Manlapig or Think and Make Like an Artist by Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith. Kids can create things like dinosaurs, armor, capes and blocks using ordinary materials. Dive in and get crafty.

Storytime tomorrow, Thursday, September 20th at 10:30 am with a focus on friends. Join staff for twenty – thirty minutes of stories, rhymes and more about friends, followed by about thirty minutes of free play with our early learning toys. All are welcome to discover how fun learning and reading can be.

Calling all preschoolers (and their parents)! Join us Tuesday evening, September 25th at 6:30 for fun with boxes! Get a free book to read together and then explore boxes through a variety of activities. No registration needed, just fun together!