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Sarah Moyer Brings Love of Art to Our Library

Jun 22, 2014 07:52PM ● By Laura Ustanovska

Sarah poses with the foam core gumball machines she painted for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Initiative.

Sarah Moyer, a 2014 graduate of Kettle Moraine High School - Wales, WI has always fostered a passion for art. “Ever since I was a little kid, my mom did art projects and cute little crafts with me,” recalls Sarah. “I believe that greatly contributed to me wanting to be an artist.” Sarah plans to enroll in Carroll University's art program in the fall with her sights set on possible careers in graphic design or art therapy.

Sarah continues, “My mom has always inspired me. Both of my parents continue to believe in me and support everything I do, which I am enormously grateful for. They never tell me, 'There are no jobs in art,' but encourage me to do what I'm good at. Thank you Mom and Dad!”

When Sarah learned she needed to conduct a service project as part of her National Honor Society membership, she immediately knew she wanted to do something involving art. “I first contacted the Delafield Arts Center - Delafield, WI,” explains Sarah, “and asked if they knew of any place in our community that was looking for a mural to be painted. I was sent to the Delafield Public Library - Delafield, WI. Throughout the past few months, I have been busy painting large gumball machines on sheets of foam core, which are being used for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Initiative, which encourages parents to read to their children every day. As the kids read more and more books, they are able to stick circle-shaped stickers on the gumball machines to track their progress. It feels great to know that my artwork is helping children become more excited about reading.”

After working with Sarah, Terry Zignego, the library's director, asked Sarah if she would also be interested in painting a Little Free Library. A Little Free Library is a box full of books – sometimes near the sidewalk in someone's yard – where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another to share. Currently we have two Little Free Libraries in our area – one at Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc and another on the northwest corner of Oakton Road and Elmhurst Drive in Pewaukee, near the Lake Country Recreational Trail. Hopefully Sarah's Little Free Library will soon add a third to our local collection.

After Terry spoke to Sarah about the project, she began searching the internet for images that are iconic to the City of Delafield and the surrounding Lake Country area. “I printed off pictures and drew up some rough sketches, then met with Mrs. Zignego to go over our ideas,” says Sarah. “I took the Little Free Library home, and after 80 hours of painting and sketching, I finished with a feeling of satisfaction in my work.”

“My hope is that when the Little Free Library is put up for auction, the guests will be impressed with my work and want to buy it,” adds Sarah. “I hope it ends up bringing a good amount of money for the library and promotes reading throughout our community.”

Along with participating in KMHS's arts program, Sarah enjoys dancing with the Laser Dance Team and throwing shot-put and discus for track and field. She also volunteers at her church, St. Bruno's in Dousman, and at Girl Scout camp every summer as a program assistant. Sarah currently works at Marcus Theatres in Delafield.

Learn more about Little Free Libraries here.

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