Western Pocono Community Library (WPCL) will be holding a very special dedication on Friday, June 25 at 12 p.m. and invites everyone to welcome a new addition to its art collection, thanks to Eric Carle, author and illustrator of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

Most children, and their parents, are familiar with the works of Eric Carle whose more than 70 illustrated story books have sold millions of copies throughout the world. It's difficult to find a preschool boy or girl who hasn't had "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" read to them time and time again.

In 2002, the author and his friends created the Eric Carle Museum of Story Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts adjacent to the campus of Hampshire College. The mission of the 40,000 square foot museum is to inspire in children and their families an appreciation and understanding of the art of the picture book. Thousands of families regularly make "The Carle" a stopping place while traveling through New England. In less than eight years almost a half million visitors have marveled at the Museum's exhibits that include original works by Chris Van Allsburg ("The Polar Express"), Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are"), and many others.

Each year, the Carle Museum honors an artist whose works have had a profound effect on the storybook genre. In September 2009, Peter and Carol Kern, (WPCL's director) attended the awards ceremony in New York City and came away with the promise of a unique gift for the Western Pocono Community Library.

Mr. Carle agreed to create an original collage of the letters "WPCL" in his inimitable style, and the Carle Museum would have it framed for presentation to the library.

WPCL received the 15" x 28" finished work earlier this year around New Year's Day, but decided to schedule the dedication of this unique gift to coincide with Mr. Carle's eighty-first birthday on Friday, June 25 at 12 p.m.

The unveiling of the artwork will take place at the library, located on Pilgrim's Way off Rt. 115 in Brodheadsville. The public is invited to participate and to enjoy refreshments.

To add to this gift, the Carle Museum created a limited edition of 500 postcard reproductions for the library.

These cards are suitable for framing and feature Mr. Carle's trademark "caterpillar."

They are being presented as a "thank you" to patrons and friends whose support of WPCL has enabled it to maintain high standards in service to the community.

The dedication of this gift coincides with the beginning of the library's summer reading program which is open to all age groups and which continues through Aug. 20.

For additional information on this program and on the Eric Carle collage, contact the library at 570-992-7934.