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DOT DAY 15143

What? Children of all ages, come Make your Mark!

When? Saturday September 17th, 2022, from 1pm - 4pm  (see location details)

Where? The Village of Sewickley  (see location details below)


What is Dot Day? Dot Day is an international celebration of art, creativity, and courage.  Each year in September Dot Day is celebrated by millions around the world, inspiring children and adults alike to "make their mark" and explore the power and potential of creativity. More information on the author Peter H. Reynolds and on Dot Day can be found below


How to get involved? Introducing Sewickley's very own Dot Day, a village wide celebration of the creativity in all of us. We are inviting children of all ages to Make their Mark on September 17, Dot Day 15143. Encouraging everyone, come to Sewickley to celebrate! Dot Day participants come visit listed locations in Sewickley to learn and explore your creativity and earn your Dot Day sticker!


Dot Stops

Sewickley, PA

Map of Dot Stops
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1. Sewickley Gallery & Frame Shop

2. Three Dog Bakery

3. Sewickley Confectionery

4. Sewickley Public Library

5. Sweetwater Center for the Arts

6. Berkshire Hathaway 

     Home Services

7. Yoga in Sewickley

8. Big Bang Comics & Collectibles

9. Gather

10. Fun by the Pound

11. Penguin Bookshop

12. Clay Cafe

Dot Stops & Activities

Dot Stops & Activities!

1. Sewickley Gallery & Frame Shop

549 Beaver Street

We will have two artists joining in on the activities and creating dots alongside anyone who wishes to take part in the fun!

2. Three Dog Bakery

555 Beaver Street

3. Sewickley Confectionery

600 Beaver Street

We invite you to join us at Sewickley Confectionary to create your very own ice-cream-dot! We will have a variety of creative materials for you to design your unique dot on our personal Confectionary ice cream tub lids. Sign your artwork and let our staff hang it up in shop or take it home to share with family and friends!

4. Sewickley Public Library

500 Thorn Street

Leading up to Dot Day 15143, our Teen Department will host button-making throughout the week (September 12-16) where Teens can create wearable dots to show off their creativity. On the big day, we invite families to join us in the main room of the Children's Department on Saturday, September 17 at 1:30pm for "All Are Welcome Storytime". We will have a read-aloud of the book, "The Dot," as well as other books to inspire creativity, and enjoy some songs and rhymes, too. After the Storytime, we will host a drop-in craft project in our Community Room from 2-3pm.  The library will also have sidewalk chalk available Saturday from 1:30-3pm for budding creatives to explore their abilities and decorate the sidewalk in front of the library.

5. Sweetwater Center for the Arts

200 Broad Street

Join Sweetwater Center for the Arts as we host our 26th Annual Mavuno Festival at Riverfront Park (300 Chadwick Street) on Saturday September 17th from 12-5 p.m. Mavuno was created by local Black educators and artists in the Sewickley area as an effort to celebrate BIPOC art, culture, and achievements. This year Mavuno will be celebrated by an exhibition, outdoor festival, art workshops, and more.


The Mavuno Festival, coordinated by Day Bracey, will feature a wide variety of artists and vendors selling their local goods, art, and products. Live entertainment will be provided by DJ Slim from 12-3:30, Miss Freddye will conclude the afternoon with a special blues performance from 4-5 p.m.


We will participate in Dot Day this year by collaborating with local artist Ramon Riley who will read one of his children’s story books at 1 p.m. and invite children to draw illustrations based off of the story. Dot Day encourages children to take the leap into being creative without fear of judgement, but simply freedom of expression!

We hope to see you there!

6. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

421 Broad Street

7. Yoga in Sewickley

427 Broad Street

8. Big Bang Comics & Collectibles

437 Broad Street

9. Gather

424 Beaver Street

10. Fun by the Pound

406 Beaver Street

11. Penguin Bookshop

417 Beaver Street

Will have a book reading of "The Dot" By Peter Reynolds at 1pm on Sept 17th.

12. Clay Cafe

431 Beaver Street

We will have two fun activities for you at the Clay Cafe! Come create cool paper tie dye art or design a picture frame to answer the question "What will your dot become?"

Sewickley Public Library
Lauglin Children's Center
Participating Schools

Participating Schools & Learning Centers

Penguin Bookshop

Students at local schools will participate in Dot Day during the school day in which they will "Make their Mark" by creating dots of various sizes, colors, and designs. Their artworks will then be placed throughout the businesses listed above to be part of a Treasure Hunt where students are welcome to find their masterpieces!


13. Laughlin Children’s Center The Village Preschool

424 Frederick Ave

The Village Preschool classes will be celebrating Dot Day 15143 during the week of September 12. Rachael Troglio, the academic department director, will read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds to small groups and then each child will create their own dot design using a variety of art materials. Each child will be encouraged to “just make their mark and see where it takes you!”


Check out The Village Preschool art outside our building! Are they dots? Are they planets? Are they flowers? Come see where your imagination and creativity can take you!


If you are interested in learning more about The Village Preschool or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Rachael Troglio at 412-534-9489 or through email at


General Dot Day 15143 Happenings at Laughlin Children’s Center:

The Laughlin Children’s Center is excited to participate in the Sewickley community’s DOT DAY 15143!

We will plan activities to nourish the individual differences in each child we see and teach the importance of how they can make their own special mark by using their voice, listening to the world around them, making and playing with friends, sharing and taking turns, reading and writing a story, solving problems, and promoting independence in daily activities.

Each department will offer the following themed ‘DOT’ events during the week of September 12th:

  • Family fun in our waiting room. parents can read THE DOT to their child and together can complete a color activity ‘DOT’ page to take home.

  • Speech will offer literature-based lessons around the book incorporating DOT activities to target comprehension and expression of language. Take home DOT activities will be given for practice.

  • In OT the therapists will work on cutting various items and gluing them to DOTS.

  • Psych will offer a chance for the child to participate by making a dot/mark, adding a word (s) that describes them. We will hang the creation.

Visit our Center and follow the DOTS to see how LCC kids make their mark!

14.   Quaker Valley School District

15.   Sewickley Academy

16.   Sewickley Presbyterian Church

17.   St. James Elementary

More on Peter H. Reynolds and The Dot

Peter Reynolds

Peter H. Reynolds is an accomplished author and illustrator of many well known children's books including The Dot. On the international dot day website, the book is summarized, "The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to 'make her mark'. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe." This book ignited the now globally celebrated day: Dot Day. The inspirational book is now in twenty different languages and has won numerous awards. 


The Dot  is part of a three book 'Creatrilogy' which includes Ish, Sky Color and The Dot. All three books aim to protect and nourish the creative spirit for all ages. In 2009 a teacher introduced The Dot  to his classroom and started the now international celebration of Dot Day. 


Reynolds is an illustrator who has worked on many books with author Susan Verde and now illustrates and hand letters his own books. Peter and his twin brother also launched a non-profit organization—Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity—that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. 


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