New Artwork Debuts

In memory of longtime Circulation Manager Nadine Walsh, local artist Carrie Schumacher petitioned the library to donate one of her art pieces. A previous employee of DGPL, Carrie wanted to honor Nadine’s mentorship and support with the sculptural dress, entitled Won’t You Say You Love Me, constructed entirely from the pages of romance novels. 

Carrie’s artwork will be temporarily on display during the month of May in a first floor window exhibit. In June, it will be moved to a permanent location near the CD collection on the second floor. The Downers Grove Public Library Foundation graciously funded the display case and archival supplies for the dress. 

Additional artwork, funded by the Library Foundation, is currently being created in the first floor Kids Room. Returning artist John McDavitt is working on a mural depicting an aerial view of the library with books flying from its doors, their stories emerging the pages midflight. Stop by the Kids Room to see it taking shape—you may even see the artist at work (particularly on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. through May). Follow the mural’s progress at

We’ll dedicate the completed project Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. Come for the ribbon cutting and to meet the artist and members of the Library Foundation. 

For more information about our permanent art collection, see www.dglibrary. org/about/art-collection. Donate to the Library Foundation’s future projects by buying an engraved brick in the Forest Ave. Garden Walk at