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Cutchogue library to get new summer look

Elian Cichanowicz, 7, of Cutchogue, works on the

Elian Cichanowicz, 7, of Cutchogue, works on the mural for the children's room at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library. (July 6, 2011) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

The children's room at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library is getting a brighter look for summer.

The white walls above bookshelves in the modest rectangular room will soon exhibit the work of some of the area's local talent.

"I think we've got a family of artists here," said Mignon Osmer, a program coordinator at the library who was leading the children in their "Decorate the Library" program.

Osmer was referring to the Generosa family of Cutchogue - Grayson, 8, Jack, 7, Ford, 5, and Ellington, 2 - who all labored away silently Wednesday on their masterpieces.

Their father, Dan, said he brings the kids to the library at least twice a week throughout the summer for different programs, but they especially love to paint and to see their work hanging at the library.

"It's great because they can make a mess here and not at home," he said. "Although they still make a mess at home."

Osmer said the library hosts the program every summer and keeps the mural up until September.

Elian Cichanowicz, 7, of Cutchogue, painted a cat and his name in glitter.

Asked if having his artwork displayed on the wall would make him feel like a real artist, he said, "I already am."

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