Benches become books in Bay Minette

Staff Report
Posted 1/25/23

The Bay Minette Public Library unveiled two additions to its courtyard: fiberglass book benches painted by local artists.Nancy Self used the work of Shel Silverstein as an inspiration for one bench, …

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Benches become books in Bay Minette

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The Bay Minette Public Library unveiled two additions to its courtyard: fiberglass book benches painted by local artists.

Nancy Self used the work of Shel Silverstein as an inspiration for one bench, featuring the pages of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" for the seating area, with whimsical touches added throughout the design. Nancy Dean used the Dolly Parton Imagination Library as the theme for her bench, showcasing scenes from various children's books as well as those of the program's namesake including Parton's song "Coat of Many Colors." This endeavor was completed in partnership with the Community on Public Arts and reinforces its mission to create art from everyday objects, including benches.

The book bench project is also meant to encourage reading, provide a place for people to rest and promote an appreciation of public art. Joanna Bailey, library director, said the project is a dream come true.

"I am so excited about the book benches. Both artists, Nancy Self and Nancy Dean, did a phenomenal job," Bailey said. "This project incorporates the arts and books, two of my favorite things. I hope they inspire others to be creative and continue learning new things as they grow."

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