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Graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology were inspired by a Little Golden Books exhibit on campus to create their own modern take on classic children’s book illustrations.

Students enrolled in illustration classes were tasked with illustrating and designing a double-page spread from one of 33 small guestbooks. To create new versions of the illustrations, students can use the computer, hand draw with colored pencils or paint, or create a 3D expression. The results of their efforts are displayed on the first floor of the Madigan Library.

On the third floor of the library, the Penn College gallery hosts “Golden Legacy: Original Art from 75 Years of Golden Books” until March 30.

“The children’s book assignment was my favorite assignment I’ve been given so far in the graphic design program.” said Abigail V. Thomas, of South Williamsport. “I had so much fun with it, and it really allowed me to explore new mediums and get super creative.”

Harrisburg graphic design student Karen L. Trinh also has fond memories of Little Golden Books.

She enjoyed the “creative freedom” the permitted task and see the imaginative interpretations of his peers. “It shows how differently our minds work even though we are given the same mission,” she said.

Graphic design student Alexis M. Burrell, of Danville, also enjoyed the artistic exploration offered by the work.

“The medium was entirely our choice, so many of us, including me, took a break from the computer screen,” she said. “It was very different from what we usually do, which gave us new opportunities to challenge ourselves.”

The Graphic Design Illustration Project is an example of how the Madigan Library and Gallery at Penn College strives to engage students in outreach activities related to exhibits and special events.

Student posting can be viewed during regular library hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and from noon to 2 a.m. on Sundays.

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