In addition to books and educational resources, libraries offer arts classes to school age children, and the programs are gaining in popularity.
In Thornton Colorado, 9 year old Jazmine Meza was making a sandpaper print. She caked crayon wax onto sandpaper and then it was ironed onto white paper during the Art Stop on the Go program. The program is taught by a Boulder artist, and recently increased to twice a month due to popularity.
“This is my second time for this class. My sandpaper prints from last time are at home on the fridge,” Meza said. “I like this class because I can draw whatever I want and there’s no judgment.”
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art created Art Stop on the Go to provide an opportunity for area students to enjoy free hands on art activities at community libraries.
“It’s very good marriage of art and literacy,” said Aly Nack, the resident artist who runs the Art Stop on the Go program at all Adams County branches.. “Last year, we read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and made water color prints of butterflies.”