AVON – A horde of fascinating insect sculptures made by Avon and Mount Morris students were delivered to the Avon Free Library on Thursday and are now perched throughout the historic building’s main room and in the children’s library downstairs.
A thin, bulging-eyed praying mantis made of twisted steel now crouches on top of a bookshelf in the library’s main room, with colorful butterflies, moths, and a ladybug perched on and around the furniture. The sculptures will be auctioned later, with proceeds to go to Avon Community Cares.
“Of course we have to showcase the books with the bugs,” said Avon Free Library Director Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn, pointing to a black scorpion stalking on a windowsill next to a big book on insects. “We always want the community to come in here and get involved.”
Budinger-Mulhearn is in her element when it comes to planning special events. She signed on as director about 1 1/2 years ago after working at Barnes and Noble, coordinating with authors for special events. She is also a self-proclaimed history buff.
Budinger-Mulhearn added that through programs like the sculpture project, the Library can continue to enjoy it’s long life. The building celebrated it’s 100th birthday last year, as it was chartered in 1914 for Aaron Barber.
“To be the steward of this historical landmark is a huge honor and privilege,” added Budinger-Mulhearn. “I mean, who has a fully functional dumbwaiter in their office? We use it to send books up and downstairs all the time!”
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)
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