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Library creates colorful corner for kids

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Roswell artist Tasia Ramage pauses for a moment Friday morning as she conjures up a koi pond for the children’s section of the Roswell Public Library. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A corner of the children’s section of the Roswell Public Library is in the midst of becoming a colorful, lively painted pond full of koi fish, minnows, lily pads, turtles, dragonflies and other flora and fauna.

This is how the library floor looked before the painting began Feb. 10. Library Director Enid Costley is taking photos each day as the project progresses. (Submitted Photo)

Roswell artist Tasia Ramage has been working since Feb. 10 on the project commissioned by Enid Costley, director of the Roswell Public Library. The Roswell Library Foundation is covering the costs, estimated at $3,000.

Ramage expects to finish the painting and coating and have it ready for kiddos’ interaction in about a week.

Costley said the idea started because she was wondering what to do about an unattractive area of the library from which moldy carpet had been removed, leaving bare concrete covered with old glue. A city facilities employee suggested painting a koi pond. After Costley obtained funding and approvals, Ramage submitted some drawings.

Ramage has been working as an oil painter and clay artist for 20 years. Her previous work has been shown at Tinnie and in The Gallery at Main Street Arts and includes a utility box near the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico building on North Lea Avenue. She also belongs to the Pecos Valley Potters’ Guild.

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Costley said that the floor mural is meant to do more than just please the eye. She hopes that youth and their parents will “wade in” to count, name, describe and think scientifically, logically and creatively about the images. Language development, math skills and knowledge acquisition are all intended to be part of the experience.

“We want them to have some things to count, some things that they can compare,” she said. “We want them to talk about what they see and then come back to our collections to find out more.”

Ramage said that the mural is being created with UV-resistant paints and will be covered with a UV resin coating.

“It should last for a long time,” she said.

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