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Scottsdale Public Art in partnership with the Scottsdale Public Library present exhibitions and educational programming that strengthens awareness of the arts and stimulates community dialogue.


Pictures Tell Stories: Children's Book Illustrations


Cathy Bonnell and Mary J. Wong are both retired librarians who believe in the power of stories and pictures. They have hundreds of original artworks from illustrators of children’s literature in their collections, and they know how these images and books play a vital role for young minds to see and understand their place in the world. Thousands of children have benefitted from their enthusiasm and advocacy in reading and libraries.

Cathy Bonnell grew up in Arizona and became hooked on children’s books while taking a children’s literature class at California State University, Los Angeles. After receiving her teaching degree, she and her husband taught school in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Arizona, Bonnell was a Washington School District librarian for 30 years. Over those years, she was active in the Arizona Library Association, founded the Children’s Roundtable, and chaired the Arizona Young Readers Awards.

Mary J. Wong holds three degrees from the University of Arizona and spent her career as an elementary special education teacher, reading specialist, and librarian in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Born and raised in Flagstaff, Wong is an avid community servant and art collector. She is an activist and advocates for reading, literacy, and library programs.

Wong and Bonnell have befriended hundreds of authors and illustrators of children’s books, collecting their original artworks and first edition books. It is an honor to share their enthusiasm with this exhibition of original children’s book illustrations.

Pictures Tell Stories: Children’s Book Illustrations is on view through September 20, 2021, at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale AZ 85252

The Gallery @ the Library
Civic Center Library
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Open during regular library hours
480-312-READ (7323)
Library and Gallery Hours
Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday closed
Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday closed

For more information about any of these exhibitions or related events and programs, please see
Scottsdale Public Art / exhibitions



The Gallery @ Appaloosa Library

The Gallery @ Appaloosa Library
Appaloosa Library
7377 E. Silverstone Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Open during regular library hours
480-312-READ (7323)
Library and Gallery Hours
Monday closed
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday closed
Friday closed
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

For more information about any of these exhibitions or related events and programs, please see
Scottsdale Public Art / exhibitions


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