Sheri Samson
McKynzy, Ginger and Sadie, enjoyed their painted rock projects at the library.

In a recent act of kindness, the Mineral County Public Library opened its doors on Jan. 26, to include all ages in an afternoon of rock painting. With a local surge of painted rocks recently emerging over the last several months, the library staff decided to pair up with the community by providing an opportunity of creating hand-painted rocks together.

This local phenomenon has included the act of hiding these artistic gems in various community spots, so that others may be delighted in finding these colorful rocks of encouragement. Rock painters are experiencing the fun of creating a unique, one-of-a-kind design on every rock, while spreading the act of kindness and joy to others.

A program originally known as “Traveling Kindness Rocks”, offers a large palette of paint colors and various techniques, including the dotted-style patterns known as Mandela Art.

Library participants were provided with tables full of paint supplies and smooth rocks, which was all that was needed. The theme was “connecting humanity dot by dot”, although the children’s designs were showing bright talent, with individual flair and imagination.

A spin of the library wheel revealed a gift for each participant to take home, which included books, videos and other surprises. Leaving with their symbols of peace, unity and “rocking creativity”, every participant said they would be returning on Saturday, Feb. 24 for the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. repeat session. Mark your calendars and bring a friend to the next library rock painting day, so you can be part of the kindness of painted rocks.