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Greenfield Library gets park bench enhancement

BENCH BRINGS ART TO LIFE — Librarian Kathy Watson tracked the “Book Benches” project that is a tribute to Kentucky authors with great interest. Last week the Dr. Nathan Porter Library in Greenfield installed a customized version of the functional art that stands as a tribute to the town and to reading. After Watson presented the idea to the library board, they agreed that Greenfield should have its own book bench but determined that rather than celebrate one author, the art should capture aspects of Greenfield’s history and current sources of pride. Les MacDiarmid, Martin artist, was commissioned to convey Front Street, the water tower, the railway and the popular caboose, the Big Cypress tree, the Fire Prevention and Fiddlestick festivals, school sports, and even give a nod to Greenfield’s claim to fame via the origins of the carbonated beverage Orange Crush. “It’s a colorful representation of Greenfield,” noted Mayor Cindy McAdams at an unveiling of the work last week. Jerry Swaim, the library’s board chair, agreed that the bench had accomplished the goal of sharing what “Greenfield is all about.” The installation was made possible using library memorial funds. The city paid for the foundation laid by Greenfield resident Randall Yates. Shown here celebrating the new installation are (from left) Mayor McAdams, library staff Lisa Green and Watson, and board members Natalie Scates and Swaim.

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