Peter Sís Murals at the Main Library


 Peter Sis butterfly mural, 3 red chairs, young girls reading

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 Champaign Public Library children’s area. 

His only other murals grace the Washington/Baltimore airport and the New York subway system. A tapestry by Sís honoring Václav Havel was unveiled at the Prague airport in 2012.

The murals were created using private funding.

In the artist’s words

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


Peter Sís Books

Find Peter Sís books at the library.


Thank you

To the donors who made these murals possible:

Michael J. Carragher Trust
Champaign Public Library Friends
In memory of Clyde Daniel Eaton
Nori Komorita
Chuck and Annette Lansford
Donald E. Moyer, Jr.
Jeff and Charlotte Wandell
Marilyn Whittaker
Mark Ballard
Patricia A. Crowley
Jason and Lynnette Dodds
Stephanie Edwards
Marsha Grove
Ken and Kimiko Gunji
Mary E. Jones
Ed Kelly
Jan Kiley
Donna Pittman
Michael A. Rogalla
Jean Rowland
Edith Ann Stotler
B. Joseph and Mary P. White

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