Colorful images of wildlife were installed in the Main Library in Lakeview on Thursday, Oct. 10.
A joint project of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fremont-Winema Forest Service and the Lake County Library, the purpose of these images is to support environmental education. Particularly focused toward youth, the bold, bright pictures of birds, animals and reptiles were printed on adhesive vinyl and are attached to the ends of bookshelves at the library, representing species found in Lake County and the region.
Librarian Amy Hutchinson and Stevie Ruda, a graphic designer for both BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, worked for much of the past year to design durable and beautiful images.
“They are placed at kid-level and made so that kids can touch them,” said Ruda. “The swirling edges top and bottom, besides being graphically interesting, make it more difficult to pick the poster off; also we wanted them easy to install.”
Hutchinson wanted simple, eye-catching graphics, but there had to be enough color and details to identify specific animals, birds and reptiles. Finding that balance was a process. “You get there by failing,” laughed Ruda.
“A guiding light for building this space was to have a library specific to Lake County,” said Hutchinson. “We didn’t want a nice library that could be anywhere. Now we have local animals plus colors that pop.”
Bart Simpson and Sally Fitzgerald knew of Ruda’s work and approached her to see if she could incorporate some of it into a display for the library. Having worked for both USFS and BLM for more than 30 years, Ruda has designed interpretive signs as well as children’s activity books with wildlife images. She has also done Round-up programs and posters for a decade. Some of the art at the library was done by BLM and USFS artists, including Ruda, and some by other artists, including Sophie Shepperd from Lake City, Calif.
“We are so thankful to the Fremont-Winema National Forest for partnering with us on this great public education project,” added Hutchinson. “Now you can see a variety of Lake County and regional species any time of year when you visit the library.”
The display is at the main branch library in Lakeview at 513 Center St. Library hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 12-4 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Hutchinson at 541-947-6019.