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Granite Etching and Artistic Reads


On Tuesday May 14 at 6:30pm, local artist Liz Rackl will share about her artistic process and techniques for etching granite at Meinders Library. Attendees will also get the chance to create their own granite masterpieces. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required if you want to try etching.

To inspire your creativity, here’s a list of books featuring art and artists with stories ranging from young artists struggling to express themselves to biographical tales of famous artists to complicated art heists.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Framed by James Ponti

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Adult Fiction

  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro


  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters by Patrick de Rynck
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh



Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.