NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Slate from the Whitinsville Social Library roof, ripped up during a recent $101,000 repair job, was headed for the trash heap, but instead inspired an alert art teacher to find another use for the material.
Erin Lewis, who has been teaching an arts and crafts class every Tuesday afternoon at the library this summer, asked if she could rescue some of the tiles, which had already been heaved into a large trash bin.
She laughed, thinking back to the day she considered "Dumpster-diving’’ while wearing heels and a nice dress. She was rescued by a roof contractor, who offered to retrieve the slate for her.
Last week, that slate was inside rather than outside the library, and the focus of an Art by Erin project, with the children creating name plates for their bedroom doors.
Lewis said she has several pieces of slate remaining and children who are registered for her class on Tuesday who want to make the name plates will have that opportunity.
Art with Erin Lewis is part of the library’s summer reading program and available at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at 1 p.m. until the start of school.