This school year opened with the library “theme” of…
Patterns and Palindromes!
The library walls have been festooned with patterns of all types: mandalas, animal skeletons, beetles, butterflies, and fractals. Our book displays have reflected patterns in nature, poetry, art and quilting. The patterns continue into the marvelous word world of palindromes, including book titles such as
“Sit on a potato pan Otis.”
Come up and feast your eyes on the patterns around you, fool around with some palindromes, and peruse the books.
My name is Katia. I am seventeen years old, and in my senior year at the Woodstock Day School. I feel that every art form is a means of taking what is inside of an individual and turning it into something incredible that can be shared with others. Art, in it’s purest form, is a piece of whoever created it. I feel that art helps us as humans to connect with each other and the world around us, and feel the things that others are feeling. It makes the world a more interesting and beautiful place; when we make art, we have the freedom to do anything. I want to try to use that extraordinary freedom to make the world more beautiful.
I knew that I wanted to make an item of clothing out of some sort of unusual medium, as I am very interested in apparel design and converting materials. The idea of making a dress out of the pages of children’s story books really excited me, because of both the challenges that it would pose and the meaning that doing so held for me. The main idea behind the dress is the stereotypical image of a little girl watching her mother prepare for an outing, eagerly anticipating the day when she too would put on an evening gown and look beautiful. The stories that we read as children help to build images in our minds of what we aspire to be when we “grow up”. When it is our turn to become the objects of our childhood fantasies, we are the ones that children aspire to be. Stories are an important part of this aspect of human life because they partially shape our images of who we would like to become as we mature, until the time when our children see us as the objects of storybooks in the way that we once saw our parents.
My pieces were mainly inspired by the children’s book illustrations of Maud and Miska Petersham. I really enjoyed the purity and simplicity of their work, but at the same time their ability to convey a certain feeling to their audience with such simple images. I was also inspired by the look of the Woodstock Dresses, the meaning behind them, and what they stand for. The theme of childhood really stuck with me, but later developed into the broader theme of the cycle and stages of life. This topic really speaks to me, because I feel that it is very meaningful to be aware of and appreciate the ephemeral nature of each passing moment.
As autumn deepens, stories throughout the ages have marked the blurring of lines between real and imagined worlds. During this shadowy time of year the library celebrates mythical creatures, the Supernatural, and the unexplained. Unicorns, dragons, gargoyles and goblins watch over us and their stories fill the displays. As the days grow shorter and the shadows deepen, come join us in the library and explore the unknown.
WDS third, fourth and fifth graders will be watching a live broadcast with Jeff Kinney on Monday afternoon, November 4th from 2:00 – 3:00 in the library! Jeff will be talking about his latest book in the Diary of Wimpy Kid series and will be taking live questions from audiences across the country.
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Our beautiful Woodstock Day School Library is located on the second floor of the new Media Arts Building. Our large, sunlit main room offers a panoramic vista of our beautiful campus with stunning views of Overlook Mountain. A separate room houses our Upper School collection of Young Adult and Adult literature. Please feel free to come to the library on your own, or with your children, to visit, explore our collection, and take out books. Younger and older siblings are also welcome. The library is open most days before and after school and I love having the opportunity to talk to you about reading, book selection, library classes, and most importantly, your children. Friend us on the Library Facebook Page
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Featured Book: A Starlit Snowfall by Nancy Willard and Jerry Pinkney
“My cave is big enough for two!” a bear declares to a rabbit, inviting his small friend to share his den through the longest, coldest season. The rabbit readily accepts the bear’s offer, but no sooner have the two curled up than the lively rabbit jumps up to wonder: Wouldn’t it be better to be out in the crisp winter air, free to leap through the starlight and the sparkling snow?
Featured Trailer: Scarlet, book two of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (ages 12 and up)
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