New mural brigtens the teen and kids section of Elizabethton Library

John Thompson • Oct 2, 2018 at 7:34 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The children’s and teen section of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library has a bright new look intended to help the young patrons feel the library belongs to them just as much as it does to the adults.

The new look is a mural in vivid colors that depicts characters from “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Adventure Time” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Another wall features the word “supernatural” in graffiti style. The work has just been completed by Daruth Padilla and Christina Majic. They quickly completed the work, using spray paint.

The mural combines graffiti art with the best illustrations of children’s books and fulfills the library staff’s desire to make a comfortable and warm place for its youngest patrons.

“We want the teens and the kids to feel they have their own place in the library,” said Renita Barksdale, library director. “We want the teens to feel they can come here to study. They know they have their home and their school. We want them to feel this is their library. In addition to the art designed to make them feel at home, the furniture is also designed to make them comfortable. This is their place.”

She said Tuesday afternoons are set aside for teens. “We do a lot of things of interest to teens,” Barksdale said. “It starts every Tuesday at 4 p.m.”

Barksdale said the mural was made possible through a $2,300 grant provided by Northeast Community Credit Union.


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