During past summers, the Library has sponsored a community art project. Patrons of all ages have been invited to create a work of art, working separately and using a common medium. Last year we featured horseshoe crab shells. In previous years discarded books, retired chairs from the Fishmonger Restaurant, and outdated nautical charts have stimulated our participants’ imagination and creativity, with amazing and amusing results.  

Sticking close to home, this summer we will offer cards from our late, lamented card catalog. For those too young to remember, in pre-computer days the Library’s holdings were listed on small cards kept in long drawers in a wooden cabinet. When computer archiving replaced the card catalog, our sentimental librarians couldn’t bring themselves to dispose of these cards. In fact, they have been taking up space in the basement. Until now.

You, our patrons, will be able to pick up your bundled cards in late May—as many as you like! Then let your imagination run free: paint them, fold them, glue them together. Check out our Pinterest page full of inspiration here! We hope you’ll bring your finished creations back before the end of July for an exhibition and silent auction to benefit the Library.

Cards are available for pickup at the Library’s lower door, near the Book Return. There is a bin with cards, a signup sheet, and all the “rules” for participating. (Hint: there aren’t many rules!) We can’t wait to see what everyone creates!