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PPAC #43: National Library Week

The theme of the week, April 3-9 “promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books.” National Library Week Press Kit


Last week for PPAC #42, I had fun responses from all of you. Thank you to all the bloggers who participated this week. Please honor them with your visits this week.


  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

My Choices for PPAC #43 National Library Week

Thanks to the WOYB gals, I checked out our Prescott Public Library and found a wealth of PPAC material as well as a large assortment of books and even e-books. There’s a concert there on April 10th if you want to join me. Rumor has it that they might even have tickets to various museums in AZ. Today I want to feature a quilt on the wall as you come into the library. As you may have noticed I have opened PPAC to any public art even if it is inside a building, if the cost is free.

The Prescott History Quilt

Prior to the 1850s and early 60s, Prescott had only a few white visitors, mostly miners. “The inevitable conflict between the two cultures forced the Yavapai onto a reservation at San Carlos in southeastern Arizona. In the early 1900s, the Yavapai returned to Prescott where – as the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – they now play a vital role in the region’s economy as the owner/operator of a modern shopping center and two gaming casinos.”  Prescott History

“Captain Joseph R. Walker discovered gold in the Bradshaw Mountains, just south and east of present-day Prescott. The subsequent discovery of gold in the Antelope Mountains set in motion a chain of events that led to the establishment of Fort Whipple on the banks of Granite Creek, the founding of the town of Prescott on May 30, 1864.” Prescott History

People started coming west in droves and Prescott became the Territorial Capital of Arizona for three years, then again ten years after that. The capital was moved to Phoenix permanently in 1889.

Once the train was put through it was not only easier to travel to AZ, goods and services moved quickly and moved AZ mining products to other parts of the country.

You can see the forest in the hills around Prescott and even the large P on one of the hills. The Prescott National Forest is divided into three Ranger Districts: Chino Valley; Bradshaw; and Verde.” National Forest Foundation To give you an idea of how quickly you reach the National Forest from Prescott, it’s only 12 minutes or 7 miles to Lynx Lake one of the recreational areas in the mountains. Goldwater Lake, also in the Prescott National Forest is only 9 minutes and 3.9 miles from downtown Prescott.

One more mural photo. Today these men would be sitting quietly reading the newspapers that few people receive at home since computers have them online for a small subscription price. They might be using the computers. It’s still quiet in the library rather than being a place to meet and laugh and talk loudly. They might be getting ready to attend a concert or a class in the library.

Other Challenges that Inspired PPAC this week.

  • Cell Pic Sunday – all pictures were taken with my iPhone 12s and modified slightly in Bridge.

Now it’s your turn.

What’s your PPAC theme this week? Are you into statues or sculptures (and what’s the difference anyway?) Did you find some cool murals? Did you go on a trip or a walk around your hometown and grab a bunch of different kinds of public art? I can’t wait to see it. I’m going to start doing on PPAC what I do on my WQW, and that is to include all your early bird links so that you can inspire people.

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  1. The LA Library has a lot of resources too. I use it to read the NY Times which saves me money from buying a subscription. They also do offer tickets to a lot of cultural attractions like musuems, heritage sites, and the zoo. I was so happy to discover that!

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    • I quite agree. You know that I thought of your quilt in the Toowoomba City Hall when I saw this beautiful one here. It tells the story of the rough and rugged pioneers who risked it all to come across and settle in this high desert.

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  2. Quilt art is a favorite of mine, Marsha! I once wrote a post about a friend who created some quilt art inspired by a photo I’d taken of an Arizona sunset.
    Prescott has an interesting history, as does much of the great southwestern United States.

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    • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Janis. I like to see what is going on in the quilt, and I don’t catch it unless I slow down and take close up pictures. 🙂


    • Thanks, Jo. It was a different time, for sure, and times changed so fast then just as they are changing now. Imagine when the only way to cross the country was a wagon pulled by horses, and then just a few years later, you could take a train from one end of the country to another. Amazing.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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