Artist Sydney Sbarbaro has been commissioned to create this mural, shown now in its infancy, but with much detail, for the Van Alstyne Public Library. She said it is more a labor of love for her. It is going up on a northeast wall, in the young adults book section, which contains many graphic novels. She has based the characters in the mural on books familiar to many, such as the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” series, but also on characters in the manga, anime, and comic book styles, popular with teens. As Sydney paints, an observer can see the characters come alive, as they did in the boy’s eyes she is shown working on. (Mary Jane Farmer / Van Alstyne Leader)