The library was extremely fortunate to gain the interest of internationally acclaimed illustrator and author Peter Sís who has created three spectacular murals for the Children’s area. The murals were installed in 2011.
At the time these were created, his only other murals graced the Baltimore/Washington airport and the New York City subway system. A tapestry by Sís honoring Václav Havel was unveiled at the Prague airport in 2012.
The murals were created using private funding.
Peter Sís is a true champion of libraries who speaks eloquently about the importance of reading:
Reading is a transforming experience…
Your mind works wonders…
The rooms change, the windows become a stage…
Dreams are spinning…
The new continents are being discovered…
The treasures unearthed…
the dragons conquered…
and heroes brought back to life…
Reading can be the best thing there is…old, young, she, he, rich, poor, blue, orange, purple…the best thing ever....
You can find yourself between the walls of the library and suddenly you float…like a butterfly, Madlenka or firetruck
In reading everything is possible, democratic and true pursuit of happiness...
Long Live The Books...
— Peter Sís
Find Peter Sís books at the library.
To the donors who made these murals possible:
Michael J. Carragher Trust
Champaign Public Library Friends
In memory of Clyde Daniel Eaton
Chuck and Annette Lansford
Donald E. Moyer, Jr.
Jeff and Charlotte Wandell
Patricia A. Crowley
Jason and Lynnette Dodds
Ken and Kimiko Gunji
Mary E. Jones
Michael A. Rogalla
Edith Ann Stotler
B. Joseph and Mary P. White