Patrons paint planters at library program

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library hosted a "Paint a Planter" event where attendees of the event received free planters and painted them. The library had a number of planters to choose from, including ones shaped as teapots and boots. Pictured, Kevin and Becky Christopher painted their planters in a Mickey and Minnie Mouse style.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The adult painting program at the Austintown library allowed attendees to paint a planter. Librarian Starr Jones sprayed the planters to make them shine. Jones also handed out a flyer regarding the library's resources for free online art classes throught the PLYMC. Pictured, Stephanie Caruso and Mackayla Schultz fininshed their art projects.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Austintown library invited locals to their meeting room for a painting activity on June 7.

Austintown librarian Starr Jones organized the “Paint a Planter” program, where adults painted different ceramic planters. The library provided the attendees with paint, brushes, tape and the planters.

She said she planned the activity after they had a ceramic painting program for teens. Some adult patrons of the library saw the event listed in the library’s happenings paper, and they asked if they could have a similar program for adults.

Jones had four different shaped planters for the painters to choose from: a typical square planter, a rain boot shaped one, another shaped like a water bucket and a tea pot shaped planter. The attendees chose one of the planters, decided on the colors of acrylic paint they wanted to use and then grabbed a few paint brushes.

The painters spent the hour painting and designing their planters. Once they finished and the paint dried, Jones took the planter outside and sprayed it with a sealing agent that made the paint look cleaner and shined more than before.

Jones gave out an information sheet for painting resources from the library. The library website, www.libraryvisit.org, has a learning center that gives library patrons access to over 500 universal classes, including ones on acrylic painting and watercolor painting. The site also allows access to Lynda.com, a site with more art courses. The sheet also explained how to use Overdrive to read digital art books.

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