By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

'A labor of love'

Mural features children's book favorites


August 12, 2021


Vella Smith started working on the mural in the H-M-S Elementary library during the winter and finished in July. It features characters from more than 50 childrens' books.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Elementary students are in for a surprise when they return to school this month.

Librarian Vella Smith recently completed the finishing touches on a 70-foot mural in the library. It includes characters from 55 children's books, and Smith was eager to see the looks on kids' faces when they view it for the first time.

"They're going to be blown away," she said. "I think everything turned out quite well."

From Harry Potter to the Cat In the Hat to The Pokey Little Puppy, the mural is filled with memorable characters from a vast array of books. Smith said her selection proce...

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