The Brainerd Public Library will welcome a new “I Spy” children’s mural at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 17, in the children’s area of the library.
The Brainerd Public Library has been working on an interactive, inspiring early literacy environment for children ages birth to 5 to create an environment that will engage children in dramatic play, storytelling, playing with letters and sounds and access to high quality literature. The new environment will engage parents and caregivers in special family programming which will give them the tools they need to become active teachers in their children’s pre-reading skills. The “I Spy” mural will play a key role in making this environment an engaging, creative and meaningful space.
Brainerd area artist Michelle Pfeiffer is creating a custom, hand-painted alphabet “I Spy” mural on canvas for the library. Children will be able to search throughout the painting to find three items that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Pfeiffer said, “This mural has been such a fun project because of the level of detail and wide range of subject matter. I am so excited to see the kids looking closely ... trying to find all of the hidden treasures within.”
Pfeiffer is a graduate of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul and has been a professional artist for more than 17 years, teaching art for 15 years to kindergarten through fifth grade students. Her art includes vibrant colors, fun images and creative designs.
At the unveiling event, Pfeiffer will discuss her process in creating the mural then children will be invited to make a mini-mural for themselves.
Her work will inspire many children at the library and it is all possible through the Bev Jondahl Memorial Fund and a grant from the Minnesota Legislature awarded by the Five Wings Regional Arts Council.