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Moving the doorway to learning

February 20, 2009
Our library doors...now at Purdy Elementary!

Our library doors...now also at Purdy Elementary!

Not too long ago, Purdy Elementary School Principal, Rick Brietzke, informed library staffers that Milwaukee-based artist Reynaldo Hernandez was in the process of painting our library doors in the school.  Hernandez (with assistance from art teacher Karen Gomez and students) was working on turning the lunchroom into a work of art via a larger-than-life size mural.  Students had photographed various images of Fort Atkinson and the Dwight Foster Public Library entrance was selected as one of the images that would ultimately be used for the artist in residence project.

I think the result is stunning.  It is a very life-like depiction of Fort Atkinson’s very own doorway to learning.

We treasure the architectural beauty of our name DWIGHT FOSTER PVBLIC LIBRARY carved into the stone and set atop the sturdy Roman pillars.  (Over the years people have asked me why there is a “V” where there ought to be a “U.”  More on that in a future blog post.)

Our doorway was built in 1916 and moved in 1983.   As I’ve mentioned before, we plan on preserving it and moving it South with our next expansion.  We do think it embodies our library for the people in our community.

But we are absolutely delighted that now children can get that library feeling by walking through the lunchroom door at Purdy Elementary. Children of future generations will have an even more vivid mental image of the doorway to learning as a result of this imaginative and clever depiction.

Kudos to everyone involved for accomplishing something profoundly moving.  (In more ways than one!)

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