Branigan Library mini art show: Paintings are tiny, talent, impact are enormous


For Thomas Branigan Memorial Library and its patrons, little works of art are a big deal in September.

The library’s mini art show continues through the month near the children’s section in the library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.

The exhibition includes dozens of tiny works of art created by artists from the very young to the always young at heart. There are multiple themes and magnificent colors in the show, along with a few works, like “Spirit of Vietnam Brothers,” that will leave a lump in your throat.

The art display is part of Branigan Library’s participation in the American Library Association’s celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month, said senior librarian Amy Spangler.

The celebration is “an initiative to increase awareness about libraries and what they offer communities across the nation,” Spangler said.

“Libraries everywhere have become so much more than a room full of books and information,” she said. “We have become the cornerstones of communities as a place where you can come and access not only books and information, but programs and educational opportunities that promote life-long learning, civic and community engagement, early childhood literacy, job skills, technology, media, culture and more. 

“Our National Library Card Sign-up Month Mini Art Show is the perfect example of that,” Spangler said.  “Participants were essentially given carte blanche to create their mini masterpieces as an expression of themselves, this community, the library and our participation in National Library Card Sign-up Month.  Participants were allowed to paint, draw or create with any theme, style and/or medium they would like.”

Branigan Library is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The library is accessible via Roadrunner Transit Route 1, Stop 2, City Hall/Library.

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