Our New Mural Has Blossomed!

Our mural is done! In just five days, Madison, WI-based artist Emily Balsley transformed a wall in the Cathy Norris Picture Book Garden of The Children’s Room at Hedberg Public Library from ordinary to extraordinary.

Work on the colorful mural started on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. While Emily brought the garden image to life, all were welcomed to watch her paint, and she graciously made time to engage with in-awe onlookers—children and adults, alike. In addition to whimsical animals, insects, birds, and vegetables, the mural includes a few of the five practices integral to early literacy: read, sing, and play.

The design and execution of the mural are funded by the Cathy Norris Memorial Fund through the Hedberg Public Library Foundation. Cathy Norris was a long-time and beloved Children’s Librarian who was instrumental in establishing the welcoming vibe and early literacy practices of The Children’s Room at HPL.

Watch the progression of the mural on this YouTube video and come visit the Children's Room to see it person!

Muralist Emily Balsley will return to the library on March 21 for Draw with Emily, a fun interactive art workshop for kids ages 7-12. Registration is required and opens February 22.