Branding the library’s addition at Seventh and Hart streets became a goal in the library’s strategic plan in 2017.

Many local residents, during the planning process, asked us to “brand” that building to make it more recognizable as a library. That goal was achieved in December 2019 when local artist Fernando Lozano created a public artwork entitled “The Community Bookshelf.”

Lozano and volunteers installed it on the side of the building at the Hart Street entrance of the main library. Also installed at that time was a banner to be rotated on a seasonal basis.

On July 5, a sculpture entitled, “The Discovery Pencil,” also created by Lozano, was installed next to the community bookshelf. The artwork formed a milieu highlighting the joy of learning.

The Public Art Association offers the following definition of public art:

“What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means. Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness or question assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is an expression of how we see the world-the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.”

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Discovery Pencil at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the library building, located at the corner of at Seventh and Hart streets. Call 812-886-4380 for more information.

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