How One Library Celebrated National Library Workers Day: Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio

_DSC2354In celebration of National Library Workers Day this year (April 12, 2016), Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) of Parma, Ohio, sent sets of note cards that reflected the art created during the library’s 2015 Stories Connect Us project. Sari Feldman, Executive Director of the CCPL and President of the American Library Association, said that the cards represented “the creativity and imagination that library workers help to inspire every day through their work.”

The artwork featured on the cards was created during nine hands-on community painting workshops held at several CCPL branches in April and May of 2015. The workshops, led by artist Augusto Bordelois of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in Cleveland, encouraged children, families and library staff to work together to transform a blank canvas into a colorful masterpiece. The nine paintings created during these workshops were the basis for a beautiful outdoor mural installed on the campus of the Parma-Snow Branch.

CCPL kept the mural under wraps until its formal unveiling on August 12, 2015, during a ceremony with award-winning children’s author and National Ambassador for Young Peopleʼs Literature, Kate DiCamillo. Kate’s ambassadorship platform “Stories Connect Us” provided the inspiration for the mural project. Following the unveiling, CCPL invited the public to contribute to this project by creating stories, poems or other writings inspired by the images from the mural. You can read what they’ve written at  

View the Stories Connect Us note cards.