Petts Wood Library mural unveiled

Published Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A newly unveiled mural, created by local pupils with the help of a prize-winning illustrator, has transformed a section of Petts Wood Library, improving it as a children’s area for learning, developing and reading.

The vibrant and colourful mural, depicting characters created by the children, was unveiled on Saturday. At the event was the illustrator Loretta Schauer, the Mayor of Bromley Councillor Ian Payne, along with local school children and their families. The mural was created with the help of a group of lucky year 5 pupils from Crofton Junior School, and funded by the North Kent Decorative Fine Arts Society and the Greater London Decorative Fine Arts Society. The project supported by Loretta Schauer, an illustrator for children’s authors such as Timothy Knapman and Michael Morpurgo, has helped to link the school more closely to the library.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation, said; “We are committed to ensuring that our local libraries help build and develop the learning process, as they play a crucial role in setting our children up for the future. Thanks to the year 5 pupils of Crofton Junior School, children and families living locally will be able to see the wonderful new mural for themselves. I’d like to thank everyone for their support, especially Loretta Schauer, who has helped make the library a great place to discover the joy of reading.” 

As well as depicting characters created by the children, the mural also reflects the local Petts Wood neighbourhood, including links to the woodland and an iconic red London bus. Ideas for the mural began with a focus on action and expression, and in workshops led by Loretta Schauer, they made their finishing touches with paintings, stencils and hand-prints. These designs were then professionally printed and découpaged onto wooden panels. The brand new mural came to life as it was mounted on the walls of the children’s area, displaying a range of drawings from all of the children. 

With the mural now open to everyone, parents are advised to bring their children to the new mural at Petts Wood Library on Franks Wood Avenue, which is open all week except Wednesdays and Sundays. 

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Editor’s notes:

  • The unveiling event had information on the mural for the public, with drawing facilities for children. There was a chance to meet Loretta Schauer and buy a signed copy of one of her latest books.  
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