Picture Days at Beloit Public Library was a was a grand success! For six days in February, BPL’s Community Room was transformed into a photo studio as area school children arrived donning fresh haircuts and crisp, new outfits.

No mask could disguise the ear-to-ear smiles that beamed beneath them — on the children’s faces or their parents’. The children were eager to get their photos taken, and the parents were grateful. Thankfully, students were able to temporarily remove their masks while being photographed.

A total of 574 Beloit students from grades PreK through 12th grades took advantage of the opportunity to have their professional photos taken for free by local photographer Amanda Reseburg of Type A Images. Each student will receive an 8″ x 10″ print, as well as a sheet of wallet-sized photos from their session.

The event was offered to all students in Beloit — public, private, and homeschool — and was funded by a generous grant from American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation as part of its overall effort to provide COVID-19 relief to non-profit organizations providing services in their communities.

With most Beloit schools virtual so far this school year, Picture Days at BPL was intended as a means to provide families with a way to commemorate the 2020-21 school year, as well as provide a bit of normalcy in a school year that has been far from normal. The event took place over the course of six separate days.

Thanks to all who participated, and also to American Family Insurance for the grant! Photos will be printed and available for pickup at the library after March 16.

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