All anyone saw were dots at the O’Fallon Public Library on Sunday as the children’s department celebrated International Dot Day. The celebration occurs every September and over ten million people participate in festivities in 169 countries around the world since 2009. The festivities are all based in the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and serve as a reminder to children to make their own unique mark on whatever they try.
Children and their families attending the library’s festivities watched a YouTube video animated reading of The Dot, and learned about Vashti, a little girl who says she cannot draw, but then becomes an artist after her teacher encourages her to begin by simply placing a dot on a piece of paper and signing it. Youth Services Manager Teri Rankin helped the children make parallels to their own lives, whether they felt like they weren’t the best at drawing, or other activities like playing soccer, and told them to start somewhere and just try. She said “The important thing is to begin somewhere, even when you feel like you can’t, or even when you think someone might do it better than you can.”