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Carbondale Public Library Begins New Bookshelf Mural Celebrating Diversity and Unity

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Priscilla Du Preez
Library shelves

The Carbondale Public Library is thrilled to announce the commencement of a new bookshelf mural on the library's Brush Building, made possible by a Healing Illinois grant. This initiative highlights the library's commitment to "Racial Healing Sustainability," fostering unity and understanding within the community. The mural, set to be completed by the end of this week, features an array of books that celebrate the rich diversity of Carbondale. Library Director Jennifer Robertson expressed gratitude for the grant, stating, "This mural not only beautifies our library but also symbolizes our dedication to inclusivity and community connection." Local artist Maddie Deiters of ThreeLine Art is spearheading the project, with assistance from artist Jamarr McZeke.

In conjunction with the mural project, the Carbondale Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Kickoff Party today, June 10, at 4 PM in the library garden. The event promises a foam-tastic experience with a foam pit, free ice cream, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and summer safety information. Attendees can also register for the Summer Reading Program, offering prizes for reading. This kickoff event is part of the Family Vacation Night series, presented by the Positive Youth Development Coalition of Jackson County. The library encourages everyone to visit, witness the mural's progress, and participate in the festivities. A formal unveiling ceremony for the mural will be scheduled upon its completion. For more details on the mural project and upcoming events, visit carbondalepubliclibrary.org or contact Director Jennifer Robertson. For information on summer reading programs, contact Children and Youth Services Librarian Francine Wien-Frankowski.

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