It may be a while before you can actually check a book out of the New Central Library, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read stories there. No library card needed. Simply stroll along 3rd St. SE to immerse yourself in the colourful picture book that Calgary illustrator Serena Malyon has created on the construction hoarding surrounding the NCL site: Maylon’s large watercolours depict the historical timeline of East Village from the untouched grasslands of the early 19th century to completion of the visually-stunning new library in 2018.
Examples of Malyon’s whimsical paintings can also be seen at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and inside Market restaurant on 17th Ave. Her imaginative illustrations have graced the covers of Swerve and FFWD magazines, as well as posters for Downstage Theatre and the Canadian Indigenous Shorts Film Festival. Her fanciful paintings are a welcome new addition to the vibrant public art that already enhances East Village. Take a walk to the NCL construction site to see for yourself that a picture really is worth a thousand words.