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Childhood Recaptured – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
Family Rock Garden

Childhood Recaptured

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter.”… Elizabeth Lawrence

“Build a Community Rock Garden” the Baltimore County Library listing of June workshops read. I’m in! I thought, as I my eyes scanned the description of the class which included the words paint rocks. Oh joy!

When we arrived the evening of the program, the coordinator explained our stones will be installed in a grouping under a tree outside the Hereford Library. With that information, I decided I’d place my intentions on painting rocks with words which I think reflects the purpose of libraries throughout all communities “to pass on the love and value of reading.”

All ages were invited to the Community Rock Garden Workshop. Some attending were father and daughter, mother and child and women, such as myself, in the “renaissance years” who enjoy making art with the main focus being just to create!

I’ve attended quite a number of the Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation sponsored workshops at Hereford Library. Each time I’ve walked away happy and inspired because their workshops have allowed me to come play with my latent artistic talent yet not feel inhibited by my lack of skill. Isn’t that what art should be all about? Charles Baudelaire, author of The Painter of Modern Life and Other Ways once said  “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.” 

Summertime is the perfect time for children to become library patrons. Introduce your family to the wonderful programs offered to children and adults. Find a branch close to you so it’s convenient to grow your family’s love of reading and encourage them to write, too!

The beginnings of the rock garden at Hereford Library which will enlarge with time.


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