In an effort to make peace more than just a word librarian Heather Pierson of the Naples Public Library announced plans to take part in an international art and literacy project, “Pinwheels for Peace,” Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace.

The day will be celebrated by planting pinwheels with messages of peace in the gardens surrounding the library. Pinwheels for Peace began in 2005, established by Coconut Creek, Fla., art teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan.

In three years, the number of spinning pinwheels has grown to more than 1.2 million pinwheels spinning in more than 2,500 locations on every continent except Antarctica.

This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to the violence and intolerance in our daily lives and to peace of mind.

Patrons of all ages are invited to come into the Naples Public Library between now and Sept. 20 to make pinwheels of all shapes and sizes.

As part of the creation process, patrons will write their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings.

All are invited to celebrate International Peace Day at the Naples Public Library Saturday, September 20. There will be snacks available and supplies provided to create pinwheels to plant around the library as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

For more information, visit or contact

Michelle Baldwin at 693-6841 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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