Poetry, music and art offer healing at Uvalde’s El Progreso Public Library

“Shhhh” is not a sound you’ll hear at the El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde. Since the tragic massacre at Robb Elementary School on May 24, the public library has been filled with the excited voices of children playing in the children’s book area, the yelps and yelps of rescue dogs during a recent event and fans of the superhero theme. bounce houses on the 30-foot rotunda during a mid-June festival.

On Saturday, the sounds of San Antonio musician Rudi Harst singing and playing guitar could be heard as husband Zet Baer and her colleague Joan Frederick, both visual artists, gently guided the youngsters through applying watercolors and layers of tape. colorful glue on blank sheets of paper, creating playful collages.

Harst wandered among the tables and improvised texts on what he observed. “There sits Seth with a big brush! One day in the library, no one says ‘shut up’.

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