The library saved my life.  An early reader, I obtained my first library card at age 5 (I had to petition for the right – the age requirement was 6.)  I spent every afternoon and many weekends running my hands along the spines of books in the stacks – waiting to find that day’s adventure. I found escape, solace, and possibility in the pages of books – as I still do.

As a member of a book group, I value the exchange of ideas with those who bring their own experiences to the page.

Carl Sagan once wrote:

I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.

I was selected to create a stone sculpture for the Mary E. Dewey Sculpture Garden of the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland.  I am tasked with creating a work of art that reflects all that Sagan suggests as well as the aesthetics of the space and the history of the place.

Installation is scheduled for September, 2012. Join me on the journey.

Jo Israelson


2 comments on “About

  1. Lynne says:

    May you have great success and a beautiful experience…your proud sister Love Lynne

  2. B. Amore says:

    Hello Chanah,
    What a wonderful gift to read “The Rose in Winter” on this very wintry day – snowed in by a March blizzard, happily contemplating giving myself over to a hefty book this afternoon! I love the Levinsky story – quite a coincidence in itself – strange destiny!
    Keep creating – and remember that everything in life ebbs and flows, like the waves of the sea, like the seasons of the year. Thank you for sharing so generously.
    Your loving friend,
    B. Amore

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