Lincoln Acres Library unveils mural concept

The Lincoln Acres Branch has unveiled a mural concept for their library. The design was conceived by community residents and one of the original Chicano Park muralists. The unveiling took place at the El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Day of the Child, Day of the Book) celebration, which included speeches by District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox, Library Director José Aponte, and muralist Sal Barajas. "This new library has quickly become the civic hub of the community with residents taking advantage of all the programs, resources and materials it has to offer," said County Supervisor Greg Cox, who represents the area.

The mural will consist of five panels surrounding the walls of the library; each representing a different value including Citizenship, Achievement, Hard Work, Enthusiasm, and Respect. "The people of this community wanted to have something that represented their history," says Barajas. He believes that this mural will beautify the community in a lasting way.

Día was founded in 1996 by Pat Mora, award-winning poet and author, to pay tribute to children, childhood, and the importance of early literacy. Día focuses on the importance of cultural differences, home languages, and the value of multilingual literacy and diverse library collections.