DREAM BIG. Be Creative. One World, Many Stories. Make a Splash.
Those phrases inspire. They push us to do our best. To pursue our passions. To make a difference. To tell our stories.
When I recently read those words on a colorful quilt gracing a wall in the Cannon Falls Library, I felt empowered.
The messages have been part of Southeastern Libraries Cooperating summer promotionals to get kids into libraries and reading. They’re simple words and graphics. Kid-appealing. Eye-catching. Positive.
As someone who values books and libraries, and the arts, I appreciate the works of the seamstress who stitched this quilt. It’s a good visual reminder to each of us—whether child, teen or adult—of our talents and worth. I may be good with words. You may be good with numbers. I celebrate that difference in talent (especially come tax time when I hand my financial records over to my accountant).
I’ve always loved books and now I have the joy of reading books to my grandchildren, ages nearly three and 5 ½. Books pack shelves in their toy room with more books from the library. Their parents value books.
The world of words is opening even wider to Isabelle, who is in kindergarten. During a recent visit, I would say a word and she would guess the starting letter. Her face lit with sheer delight in determining the correct letter. Her mind is beginning to connect—to understand that sounds define letters which form words and then sentences and stories. I can’t wait to hear her read.
So when I read about dreaming big and being creative and making a splash in this world of many stories, I think of my precious grandchildren. And I hope that in some small way, I inspire them to be all they can be. And one way to do that is via books, art and modeling creativity.
© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I adore that quilt and yes–reading and the love of reading is absolutely the best gift we can give our kids and grandkids. I know that Theo has a huge book collection already thanks to his Aunt Erin and Gramma.
I know how much you read and value reading. I love that Theo already has a huge book collection.
Beautiful (eye-catching) quilt! I love reading with my grands…Two of them well into “chapter books” the other two still dependent on me for hearing the story.
I love that you still have that reading time with Scar and Lew.
Amazing. Very gifted lady! My oldest quilts for baby gifts, would never attempt that though. Loved the downtown mural too. Be fun to visit Cannon again. Both daughters worked high school in the county library, both got glasses in the early grades. Optician said to send them out to play football occasionally. Both got contacts in high school. And, guess who is left with book treasures. I buy from the Friends of Library here. Our cat shelter has a program for kids reading to the cats. google Caring for Cats. Long live libraries!
So many positive things/activities connected to libraries. I’ll show you an interesting activity at the Cannon Falls Library soon.