Book Mural

The Messenger published this photo of muralist Barry O’Keefe last month painting the details of a giant “leather-bound” book on the wall opposite of the Nelsonville Public Library. The library will show off this new mural and other renovations with a “grand reopening” on June 27.

Note: This story appears in the Tuesday, June 18 newspaper on Page A1.

NELSONVILLE — Big changes have come to the Nelsonville Public Library, and area residents are invited to celebrate those changes next week with a “grand reopening.”

The branch has undergone what Becca Lachman, library communications officer, is calling a “refresh” project. The reopening event is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 from 5-7 p.m. at the library, located at 95 W. Washington St.

“We have new carpet, painted the inside of the building, new furniture, and rearranged things a bit,” she said. “We also have some larger projects, such as the community mural. That’s completed and behind the library stage.”

The mural was completed by Barry O’Keefe, who has worked on a number of other murals in the area. The new mural was funded in part by the Athens County Foundation, Baird Brothers Company Foundation, Historic Downtown Nelsonville Association, Integrated Services and Nelsonville Mainstreet, LLC, and features a large, leather-bound book alongside quotations from noteworthy poets and authors.

Lachman said there will be games and activities during the reopening celebration for kids and families, as well as live music performed by Tom Roddey. Guests will help to decorate ceiling tiles and bookends for the children’s area.

The library’s event will be held in conjunction with a weekly free community dinner to be hosted by The Hive. Lachman said the dinner will follow a picnic theme and is planned for 6-7 p.m.

This “refresh” project follows similar efforts elsewhere in the Athens County Public Libraries system, including in Coolville and The Plains.

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