March 15, 2016 - The Abilene Public Library Main Branch received a makeover on Tuesday. About a year ago, the library held an art competition for teens and adults. The winners art was made into vinyl decals to be placed on the windows of the library for the community to see.
"We really wanted to use some of the local community to add some pizzaz," Children's Librarian, Kelsie Ward said.
Lyric Kinkade's art did just that. Her artwork was transferred onto the decals and carefully applied to the library windows for all of the community to enjoy.
"This is such a community center as well as a library," Kinkade said.
Lyric's art features characters and scenes from favorites like Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and Doctor Who. She says her love of reading and art came from her grandmother.
"I've been read to by my grandmother since I was a little child," she said. "I grew up on stories like Narnia, and just so many stories. So, my love of reading and my love of art just kind of came together and exploded into this masterpiece."
For Lyric, the library has been a second home where she can dive into the world of literature, art and creativity. She is a member of the Collecting Commas Writing Club at the Abilene Library and she says she loves creating art of all kinds.
"All my life has been filled with stories, and wonder, and creativity and curiosity," she said. "It's just helped inspire me to create."
So, the next time you drive by the library, you can jump into the magical world of literature through Lyric's artwork.
The library plans to keep the artwork up as long as it will last. They anticipate the vinyl decals will last 3-5 years.
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