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Tempe Public Library has a new feather-filled art installation for 2023

Books are for the birds — at least that’s the message you might get when visiting the Tempe Public Library this month.

Each year the library picks a theme to kick off its summer reading program — 2022 was "Ocean of Possibilities." This year’s concept comes with a library-wide art installation, “Birds of a Feather,” the product of the imagination of Arizona artist and illustrator Sarah Hurwitz.

The Show spoke with her about it.

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Sativa Peterson is a journalist, librarian and archivist.From 2017-2022 Peterson worked as the collection manager for the Arizona Newspaper Project and the Arizona Historical Digital Newspaper Project, special collections of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.Between 2017-2019 Peterson was the project director for a National Digital Newspaper Program grant awarded to the state of Arizona through a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Peterson helped digitize over 100,000 pages of historic newspaper content for the Chronicling America and Arizona Memory Project websites.Her work has appeared in local and national publications such as New Times, BUST and Modern Loss and she has hosted the workshop, “Time Travel Through Historic Newspapers,” at Valley bookstore Changing Hands.Peterson’s short personal documentary, “The Slow Escape,” originally released in 1998, is now on the Criterion Channel.Peterson’s first job in high school was at KINO 1230 AM in her hometown, Winslow, Arizona. Peterson worked afternoon and evening shifts spinning county music in the high desert.