“Several years ago I realized that we had a lot of artsy people working here — crocheters, knitters and a few others,” said library coordinator Gina Jenkins.
“I have a display area here at the library and I said ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great to not only display what my staff is doing, but all library employees.’”
Jenkins added it was an idea to display the talent of the employees and to have fun with what they do in their own time.
While the expo, which runs through the end of the month, encompasses artwork from all system employees, it is only on the second floor of the Decatur library location, 215 Sycamore St. Jenkins said throughout the year, they host artwork from members of the community, but reserve the space in October and November specifically for employee artwork.
The funds received from the pieces go to support the DeKalb Library Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money outside of that the library system gets from the state and county to supplement collection and literacy programs.
In the first year, the expo netted $144 and $668 the second year. This year, since Oct. 18, they have raised $172.
“We love doing it,” said Jenkins of the expo. “If anything is sold it does go to the foundation. We’re not trying to make a killing here — just something in addition that we do.”
Items up for grabs this year include scarves, baby hats in the form of animals, wraps and photographs.
(404) 370-3070 or visit www.dekalblibrary.org/branches/decatur.html.